Escalating Wage Gap Issue
by pw0311 on November 7, 2016 - 10:32pm
The wage gap between men and women in the workplace is an issue that has been around for decades. The issues originate from women occupations being undervalued thus getting paid less than men with “better” jobs. Currently, women have equal positions and are still being paid less than men for doing the exact same job. This is for many unjustifiable reasons. One being that women are allocated to positions within a company that are generally lower paying. When applying for a position women will get the job but placed at a lower position than men because employers believe that men are better than women no matter what position so women will often have to prove themselves to be worthy of a position for that promotion. Another source of this wage gap is female dominant positions are collectively paid less. For example, at a hospital, nurses have a low base salary mainly because a majority of the nurses are female. Employers feel they can get away with paying unnecessarily low salaries. This again traces back to the lack of value that women’s labor is given. Since an all women pay roll is presented, it is ok to assume that they will be paid significantly less than what they are valued at despite their many sacrifices and contributions. Every day the wage gap gets smaller and smaller as many big companies come to recognize this nation-wide problem and eventually, this wage gap problem will close for good.
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