Today’s guest post analyzes the gender wage gap. We’ve already looked at the pay between men vs. women in major sports and now it’s time to take another look at the issue with this intelligent post written by Dave Landry Jr.
Dave, the floor is yours.
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The gender wage gap is a very well-known problem that comes from an insidious web of causes. Upper management is a male-dominated profession because of centuries of oppression of women, to the extent that it is normalized in today’s society because it has been the standard for so long. Everyone just assumes a few things about their role in a company – both men and women. That’s right, even women tend to fall into the pitfalls of traditional perception, and this contributes even further to the divide between each gender’s salaries.
Especially with current events calling attention to the continued inequality between women and men, it is important we all be aware of the cold hard facts. Gender inequality is most apparent when one considers the gender wage gap because the numbers just don’t lie. They do, however, have a lot of causes that are unexpected. How women perceive themselves is as important a consideration in this data as how men, and even other women, perceive them. We are all under the spell of this normalized brand of chauvinism, because it has been around for so long that we are desensitized to it.
The wage gap has to change. However, that will only happen if people understand why it occurs to begin with. Changing people’s perception of women in the workplace begins with education into where these differences can be found. While some cases of gender inequality are blatant misogyny, it is more common that the wage gap is a matter of expectations rather than facts. Women don’t expect to be paid the same, and men don’t offer it. That’s the status quo. Why should it continue?
It shouldn’t. The following infographic is a blatant illustration of the ugly truth – women get paid less than four-fifths of what men are paid. It’s an outrage and an insult that should be addressed. Only by being aware of it and applying that awareness to our lives can we upset the status quo and change the way things are now. For women everywhere, we need to make gender equality the new normal, and the wage gap is a cornerstone in that fight.
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Guest Writer’s Bio
Dave Landry Jr. applies his passion for all things personal finance to helping clients save more of their hard earned money. He’s a personal finance manager, debt relief counselor, and blogger who writes about personal finance topics to help readers with money matters. Dave lives in Southern California with his wife of eight years and three wonderful children.