What is the Gender Pay Gap, and Why You Should Care


Amelia Gayle '23, Writer

The gender pay gap is an issue occurring in countries across the globe. It is defined as direct pay discrimination, men being paid higher than women for doing the same job solely based on their gender. While it might seem like an individual problem or one that only impacts people from company to company, the gathered data has proven that this is not the case. Worldwide, women earn on average 68% of what men are paid for the same work, and this number has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s estimated that the pandemic will result in a 5% increase in the wage gap. If progress continues at the same rate, it will take 257 years to close the wage gap and achieve income equality worldwide. A majority of countries have laws in place to ensure equal pay for workers, but these laws are not always enforced properly, and the legal requirement for equality is only a part of the issue. Widespread misogyny and some existing patriarchal societies where a man’s work is more valuable than a woman pushes women towards lower-paying jobs. This further negatively impacts societies because it begins to affect education, access to health and social services, and political representations. The pay gap is a manifestation of gender injustice, and often prevents women from achieving economic security. So how do we fight the gender pay gap? Firstly, laws enforcing equal pay can assist in solving wage gap discrepancies. Additionally, appointing women to leadership positions within their companies can allow women to influence corporate culture and make their voices heard. It’s 2022, and it’s beyond time to end gender-based pay discrimination across the globe.