Patricia Werhane, a professor of business ethics at DePaul University, says that business schools have been tracking this difference for years. They’ve found that even after men and women both earn their MBAs and start off with somewhat equal pay within five years the men are earning more and even have better promotions than the women (Goodale). And it doesn’t end there. Catherine Hill, American Association of University Women director of research, and Christianne Corbett have stated that “women experience the consequences of the pay gap from their very first paycheck to their very last Social Security check” (Goodale). The gender gap can affect a woman for life.
Nowadays, most women remain unaware that their employers underpay them. Women cannot argue for higher wages if they do not know they earn less than their male equivalents. Each employee sharing their salary will allow women to detect if they are earning less than their male colleagues with little difficulty. This will give women the tools needed to argue for a higher pay rate, and will help lower the wage gap. If a female worker goes to her boss with statistical evidence that she earns less than her male associates, the chances that her boss will award her a higher salary significantly increase.
At the end of it all we cannot fix what we do not know. Wage discrimination practices need to be address quickly. Female workers who are victims of wage discrimination have less disposal income, so they spend and save much less than their male counterparts, which in turns affects the economy. Meanwhile employers profit marginal have continued increasing steady over the years, so employers are legally robbing us all directly or indirectly and there is not much been done about it according to the current data on the wage gap between male and female workers.
George F. Will (2000)” Lies, Damned lies and …..” claims that the main cause of wage gap is omen’s decision to establish a family, so that force them to make comprise for raising their children and that leads them to work in flexible jobs with flexible ours that permit them to enter the fast track.. Another article by Allen Goodman (1999) “A New Campaign for Pay Equity” argues that the main reason behind low wages for women is sex discrimination. She supports her point of view by saying that the gender gap between male and female accountants is 201$ a week and bartenders is 48$. Finally, Lester C. Thurow “1981” claims that the system of promotion is the main reason behind the wage discrimination. Thurow says if men discriminate against women they are lowering their own income so there is no sex discrimination. Thurow conclude that the decade between 25 and 35 is when the person succeed in his/her life is the same decade when women think of establishing a family and leave the labor force or become a part – time worker.
Furthermore, marital status and childbearing greatly impact income. A vast majority of women take time off work to have children, thus, they... ... middle of paper ... ...9251190&rowid=78 (ch. 3) The argument Thomas Sowell proposes is that the difference in pay between female and males is not based on labour market discrimination against women. However, because of the choices women make in regards to education, marriage and occupations they nonetheless earn lower incomes. "How much of those remaining differences can be attributed to employer discrimination, rather than to different career choices or differences in choices as to whether to work full-time, is another empirical question, one involving economics as well as history”(Sowell, 2008).
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
If a woman and male employee are working the same job for the same time, it would seem fair that women and men would earn the same amount. However, this is not the case. Women, working alongside with men, are paid less than the men. This income inequality can cause women to work in other companies. As a result, gender diversity is reduced.
“April third has been declared by Feminist and labor groups as ‘Equal Pay Day’ because it supposedly takes 93 calendar days for women’s wages to catch up to men’s.” 3 Many people believe that sex discrimination is the main reason for the pay gap. However, several factors must be taken into consideration. On average, women earn 74 cents for each dollar earned by the male population. This number is calculated by comparing median annual earnings of men and women. But several other differences between the sexes make up for the variation in pay.
It asks her questions about the chances women have to become more equal, why they may be unequal, and how women’s’ treatment in the United Sates compares to the treatment of women in other countries. According to Brinton, the wage differences between women and men (women earn 77 cents to every male’s dollar (Gender Inequality and Women in the Workplace, 2013)) in the United States is lower than in other countries; however, that should not matter. There should be no difference at all. Brinton states, “Women have caught up with men in terms of education…women now actually surpass men in educational achievement,” (Gender Inequality and Women in the Workplace, 2013). So, if that is the case, then why should women be treated as a lesser people?
Gender Wage Gap The gender wage gap is a well-known aspect of our gender inequality in America. In April of 2013 the 50th anniversary of the equal pay act of 1963 was celebrated, this act was the declaration of "unconscionable practice of paying female employees less wages than male employees for the same job" (huffingtonpost) when signed. However we have even yet to see any changes 50 years later. To this day woman are still getting paid approximately 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Now this may seem like a very small amount, but if added up into an entire years income it can make a significant difference in pay checks between men and woman.