New Delhi, July 27, 2017: Women in today’s world are leading step by step with men. They are not behind men in any way or in any sphere of life. Call it education or business, the world is the witness of women emerging out powerful with the passage of time. The growing perception that women earn less than men may hold true, but the reasons for the gender pay gap are reasonable and we cannot blame women for earning less.
Let’s throw a light on various factors which accentuate the gender pay gap
Family is a priority
As indicated by the International Trade Union, women earn about three times less than men. There are innumerable bars in front of women for building their careers. From the responsibility of house to marriage and raising children, a woman has to handle everything on her own. Due to which many women have to leave their jobs or not pay full attention to their work. This does not imply that women do not have the capacity to work as vigorously as men. The truth is that women have always been bestowed upon the responsibility of the house which is why they give more attention to home.
The data suggest that women are penalized with children, earning 3 percent less than women without children.Contrarily, men with children earn on an average 15 percent more than men without children, as reported by Business Insider.
Females are content
Women also have the greater sense of satisfaction over money than men.
Discomfort in workforce
There are times when the number of male workers is high and women do not feel comfortable. Lack of confidence is one of the factors for the discomfort.
Fault in the work culture
The work culture does not push women’s wages down or men’s wages up. Development in pay equality has been slower among women in highly skilled professions than those in professions that don’t require a college or graduate degree. This is because women in high-paying, demanding jobs, like doctors or lawyers, are more harshly penalized for time spent away from the office, and clients.
Prejudice against women
Discrimination against women in the workforce also plays some role in women earning less. Concerns that women will spend more time away from the office, or may underperform creates a situation where it’s difficult for women to achieve the most advanced and highly paid positions.
Another anti feminist fallacy is the notion that women are reluctant to ask for more money. Female employees are consistently depressed in a workplace that still equalizes masculinity with competence, which is the reflection of a society that expects the female workforce to prioritize their families over leadership positions.
Bottom line: Equal pay for equal work
What’s expected out of the companies to reduce the gender pay gap is that it can help narrow the gap with work-from-home frameworks and provide a work culture that evaluates the employees based on their productivity, rather than number of hours they put in. More men should be given caregiving duties so their female partners can work effectively in both the spheres, as a mother and a professional.
– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94