"Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?"

In case you didn't guess it from the title today's social issues post is all about the gender pay gap and why it's so bloody wrong. In case you don't know the gender pay gap is the difference between the earnings of men compared to women for doing the exact same job. At this current point in time men are earning 16% more money on average than women, let me just say it once more FOR DOING THE EXACT SAME JOB. Does any other women feel like this is a way of being punished for having boobs and a vagina and men are being rewarded for having a penis and more testosterone.
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 In Australia the average weekly full time earnings of a women is $1,369.70 compared to a males which is $1,631.00. To save you doing the mathematics, I did it for you. On average men are earning $261.30 more than women. The worst state for it? Western Australia we have a 23.9% gender pay gap, while the lowest South Australia sits at 11.2%. Women lets all pack our bags and leave for better pay in South Australia. We, as women are earning 79 cents for ever mans $1, yep that's a whole 21 cents and guess what it bloody matters. If you add it up that 21 cents can add up to as much as $10,000 per year.


So why do we have this pay gap? Surely its not just because our individual anatomy. So apparently there is still jobs that men and women "should" be doing, which I thought we had evolved past but apparently not. Basically society still looks at jobs like nursing to be a women's job and jobs such as mechanics to be a mans job. I would just like to add in here women account for 26.9% of the manufacturing workforce and men are at a steadily growing rate of 22.4% of the health care workforce. Slowly the stereotype is breaking and one day we will see it as anyone can d any job they want too and it won't matter what sex you are. If I'm being honest the only acceptable reason that there is a gender pay gap settles with discrimination, whether it be direct or indirect, call it discrimination hits the nail right on the head.
According to the European Commission for Justice other reason include women having a harder time balancing private life and business life, the undervaluing of a women's work and a lack of women in managerial and senior positions.


Let me take you back to 1969, a legislation was passed that allowed the minimum wage for women to be that of 25% less than a male employee doing the same or similar work. 1972 comes along and another federal pay case is introduced. The outcome of this case is that women are awarded the same rate of pay as men no matter what work was being done, as long as it was comparable you were entitled to be payed the same amount. How did employers get around this though? They re-classified their female employees onto a lower scale than men in similar lines of work. It was in 1986 that the Commonwealth Affirmative Action (Equal Employment for Women) Act was enacted. Its aim was to promote equal opportunity for women in the workforce and eliminate the discrimination against women in the workforce. More recently, The Fair Work Act of 2009 was established, which had cover for working women with an obligation of all employers to not discrimination based on sex in the terms and conditions of employment, which includes pay.


What about the pay gap in other countries I hear you asking? Here's a fact for you there is not one country in the world where women earn more than men. Despite being one of the countries with the lowest gender pay gaps, Iceland are set to hit a world first in the next few days by introducing laws that will require all companies that employ twenty five or more people to show proof that they men and women equally. Any company that doesn't comply with these laws will face auditing and possible fines.
New Zealand takes out the top spot of country with the lowest pay gap with women earning just 5% less than men, so how can our next door neighbours be getting it so right and we're still getting it so wrong?
It can get even worse for you and the pay gap of your a Hispanic women, you'll earn around 54 cents for ever dollar a non- Hispanic man earns. African American women will earn 63 cents for every dollar and Asian women earn around 85 cents.

Why do we want to close this gender wage gap? Because this isn't enough. We as women shouldn't be earning cents where a man earns a dollar. We should be equal in the workforce.

For one, closing it would make the workplace a fair and respectful place for women, and  encourage women to be motivated, happy and productive at work. Seeing that a workplace has equal pay for both men and women will inspire consumer confidence in that business. Honestly if I had knowledge that a company or business was paying women less than men to do the same job I would boycott the business, no doubt about it. It's about being equal and looking out for each other.

So to answer the title question: "should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?" the answer is yes, yes they should. 

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