Closing The Wage Gap Between Men And Women

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Closing the wage gap between men and women is a continuing struggle today in nations all over the world. In many occupations women are paid less overall than their male counterparts. One nation, however, is making strides to bring this disparity in wages into the light. British law will soon require large companies to publish information about the salaries paid to their male and female employees. While this is a great step forward in recognizing the gender pay gap, many women also face many other obstacles to getting equal pay such as the “Mommy Tax” that reporter Ann Crittenden talks about in her piece of the same name (Kirk and Okazawa-Rey 337). Another obstacle for women in the work place that ties into the “Mommy Tax” is how women are generally perceived in jobs and positions of leadership versus men, as detailed by “He Works, She Works, but What Different Impressions They Make” (Kirk and Okazawa-Rey 347). Starting in 2018 British companies that employ more than 250 individuals will have to report information regarding how much they are paying men and women for their salaries and bonuses. The British government is hoping that this will shame companies into fixing the gender gap. By showing how much they pay each gender and how many men and women are in each salary bracket they hope that companies that have large pay gaps will have a hard time hiring competitive talent and be forced to close the gap. Despite this step forward, some believe that more can, and needs to be, done. Sam Smethers, chief executive of The Fawcett Society, an organization that works towards gender equality, believes that in addition to shaming companies, there needs to be penalties put in place that will help force companies to change. Others, like Carol... ... middle of paper ... ...unterparts, but this new legislation will hopefully help amend some of the problems and encourage other nations to follow suit. All in all, while closing the wage gap worldwide will take many decades to come Britain is starting to do what it can to bring the day of equal wages closer to fruition. This small step in alleviating the problem will hopefully open up discussions on the causes of the disparity of wages such as the “Mommy Tax” (Crittenden 338), and the glass ceiling, among others. We have to understand all the sources of inequality in salaries to be able to work towards true wage equality and the ingrained misperceptions we have about different genders at work, as demonstrated by "He Works, She Works…” (Kirk and Okazawa-Rey 347). Hopefully the U.S. can pass a similar law soon and continue to spread the idea that men and women deserve an equal pay to others.
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