“All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for enough good men and women to do nothing.” Edmund Burke
The gender wage gap is a universal phenomenon but according to this compelling TED video, even monkeys would find such discrimination utterly intolerable. Fairness to women in the workplaces, sports arenas and as actors is blatantly lacking the world over. For proof, we have Venus Williams, Patricia Arquette and Emma Watson, protesting eloquently and publicly against the injustices and discrimination being faced by women.
The existence of gender pay gap is an undeniable fact in today’s workplaces. The impact of regulations like the Paycheck Fairness Act and Equal Pay for Equal Work has been minimal, if any. Women are usually hired at their job’s minimum salary and the pay disparities get magnified with every raise that offers an increase based on a percentage of their salaries.
Women who put in work equivalent or superior to that of their male colleagues are being short-changed by employers who seek immunity by citing pay privacy requirements or legal loopholes at most workplaces. An employer probably saves $10,000 a year or so by beating down a woman employee to accept a lower salary – with unemployment being the alternative in a tight job market. We’re talking only about cases where the lower pay cannot be explained away by education, experience or skill sets. With Black and Hispanic women, the pay gap could be even higher.
Look at what transpires as result of these antediluvian practices that continue to persist as they fulfill the ultimate goal of all employers – which is cost-cutting and profiteering. How many stop to ask themselves – at what cost?!
What is the ultimate impact of this inequality and discrimination faced by the women in the workforce?
According to projections, should this current trend of bridging the inequalities continue on its slow course, most women will not see equal pay with men until 2059! In other words, it may happen only after the lifetime of every woman currently in the workforce, chafing against this discrimination and suffering its effects.
Can we do something to mobilize public opinion and action to make a difference to this deplorable state of affairs?
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If that’s not convincing enough, think about this: Why should women accept a discrimination that even monkeys would through a fit over?! Wondering what I am alluding to? It’s the compelling video referred to at the beginning of this post.
If you were unable to watch it, here’s a synopsis: In an experiment conducted on monkeys both work on a task, and both are happy to get paid in cucumber slices. But when the researcher offers a grape to one and cucumber slice to the other monkey as reward, the monkey with the cucumber slice decides to protest the unfairness by hitting the researcher with the cucumber slice – clearly demonstrating how the grape makes things so unequal that the cucumber slice lost all its value as payment. The monkey is not just disengaged but actively hostile!
We don’t need a hostile cucumber-throwing environment to make positive changes in pay equality. I’d like to hear about more companies working to eliminate the gender pay gap. What does your company do?
It’s sad that in this country, in this day and age, we’re still struggling with the issue of equal pay for equal work.
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