The recent revelation by BBC of salaries of its star anchors and journalists once again brought-forth the ugly truth: women are still paid far less than their male counterparts.
Close on the heels journalists at the Financial Times threaten to go on strike if the gender pay gap, which stands at 13% for editorial, is not resolved soon.
Gender pay gap has always been an open secret, and, I guess, the only good part about it is that it does not discriminate between a third-world country and first-world country. No women, well almost, are left untouched by this discrimination: whether you an A-list star or a top performing employee at an organization, it seems just being a woman seals your fate in the pay grade department.
Are you appalled! Wait! There is more to come.
Race, ethnicity also grounds for discrimination
Deplorably, the pay gap becomes more pronounced if you are from a different race, and ethnicity. According to a report, White women are paid more than African American and Hispanic women at all education levels.
This gets interesting further.
We all know education and earnings are directly correlated: more education means more earnings. But women get the same education and same position but, yet, get paid less.
This shows education isn’t exactly an effective solution to plug the pay gap.
Serena Williams, one of the most successful sportswomen of our times, recently wrote an open letter about the need to bridge the pay gap among black women.
The report by American Association of University Women further reveals that in 2015 the gender pay gap, in the US, stood at 20 percent. “At the rate of change between 1960 and 2015, women are expected to reach pay equity with men in 2059.”
India no better
The scenario in India portrays a grim and an alarming picture. Accenture informs women in India earn 67% less than men, and if that wasn’t enough India’s gender pay gap (GPG) stands at 30%, one of the highest in the world, as per the Global Wage Report 2016-17 published by ILO last year.
A report Korn Ferry Hay Group states that women in India earn 18.8% less than men, and this has been attributed to less representation in top management roles.
While the Americans hope to bridge the pay gap by 2059, for India it is expected to take more than 100 years, according to Accenture. Well, that’s a lot of zeros.
Still women in urban areas are still better off than their rural counterparts: GPG is higher in the rural area compared to the urban area with strong evidence for labor market discrimination informs a report by Agrawal and Vanneman in 2014.
‘Equal pay for equal work’ (for both men and women, has been envisaged in the Directive Principals of State Policy, unfortunately, they are not enforceable by any court of law.
If only we would follow Iceland’s example, that is trying to make ‘equal pay for equal work’ a reality.