Equal Pay ??? – Why Do Women Earn Less Than Men?

The Gender Wage Gap ( Gender Pay Gap ) is a fiercely debated topic – and one that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

From information gained from this information on Wikipedea we can create the following chart showing the percentage of Gender Pay Gap from the countries we are interested in looking at.

One interesting fact that we stumbled upon was that in Australia up until 1969 the minimum wage for Women was 25% less than for Men! How times have changed over the last 40 years.

The chart we have created shows the percentage less than Men that Women earn in full time work for the Country listed.

Although the data from which this chart was created is a few years old, from what our research can tell things havent changed much. For instance data from Australia in August 2010 showed the figure to be at 16.9% which is spot on to what it was a few years ago.

There is plenty of debate over why there is the gap, and some of the possible reasons include the fact that Men tend to have the more dangerous jobs ( that pay more ), another plausible reason is that Women may choose jobs primarily for the lifestyle factor ( to fit around family commitments ).

Some then argue that these sterotypes in themselves are discriminatory so it all depends on viewpoint and perspective.

What do you think? Are Women discriminated against in the workplace?, or is the disparity in Wages simply for reasons such as above?

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