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Gender Pay Gap Essay

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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…show more content…
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 Carolyn Fairbairn, a director general of a…show more content…
Both of these topics contribute to the cause of the gender wage gap that Britain is trying to close with their new law, although it does not address these particular causes specifically. A gendered division of labor refers to “a division of duties between men and women under which women have the main responsibility for home and nurturing and men are mainly active in the public sphere” (Kirk and Okazawa-Rey G3). This idea is initially supposed to keep women out of the work force all together, but failing that to at least shame women into both domestic and civic duties. This can be seen more readily in “The Mommy Tax” which describes the average amount of money a college educated woman will lose is she decides to have kids. This tax is even greater on women who leave the work force to raise their children for several years (Crittenden 338). Many companies want “unencumbered” workers, and so those individuals that do not fall into that category, namely mothers, receive less money than their male or childless counterparts (Crittenden 440). Hopefully by enacting this new law the companies that participate in this wage disparity will be seen and soon change their policies and women, mothers or not, can receive the pay they are due. The glass ceiling on the other hand is “an unseen barrier to women’s
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