Why Do People Hate #Feminism? #3 - The Gender Pay Gap (#EqualPayDay)
#EqualPayDay: Your 2015 Gender Pay Gap Update
Want to know exactly how much more men earn than you? Want to know what you can do about it? Read on, dear poorly-paid readers. Read on
Welcome, one and all, to #EqualPayDay 2015. We’d have bought balloons (and maybe a cake), but unfortunately – due to large scale inequality and pervasive sexism in offices up and down the country – womankind can’t still can’t afford either of those things. (Plus we didn’t manage to get to the shops in time.)
OK, OK. We jest, we jest. But here’s the actual deal with #EqualPayDay: The pay gap still exists. And it still affects you.
Yep, even in 2015, women across the UK in full time employment earn14.2 per centless than men.
That doesn’t mean every woman earns14.2 per centless than her male colleagues. But it does mean that women – as a total, employed group – have an average yearly income, which is14.2 per centless than that of men, as a total, employed group.
And that means #EqualPayDay matters to you, even if you’re totally loaded, and have replaced your bedframe in favour of
‘Equal Pay Day on 9th November is an opportunity to highlight that we still have a long way to go in closing the gender pay gap,’ Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society tellsmarie claire. ‘We welcome the government’s announcement that companies will be required to publish their gender pay gap, but it should go deeper. Alongside publishing a headline gender pay gap figure, employers should also explain how they got there, and set out an action plan to tackle it.
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