Discursive Genre : Women Deserve Equal Pay

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Discursive Genre Women Deserve Equal Pay Lucy McDade Diversity in the workplace is forever growing: Yes, we have made significant progress hiring people of different races, orientations and religious believes, however gender inequality is still a major issue. Why is it that woman with the same experience doing the same work, the same hours, with the same qualifications are (in some professions) paid less than men? We all have the right to work and have the same employment opportunities as each other. How can we justify denying women of this right? This is blatant discrimination? Despite the equal pay act of 1963 saying that it is illegal for employers to pay men more than women, a study from 2016 by The Independent shows that on…show more content…
However, pregnancy is an insufficient explanation to pay women less than they deserve. Why should mothers accept a diluted salary because of their right to have a child? It is insupportable. There has been a momentous effort made to challenge the gender stereotype, however despite this there has not been a considerable change. It is clear there has been an improvement, is that supposed to be enough? Furthermore, gender inequality is rising instead of declining. For all female workers, (including people who are working part time), the wage gap has risen from 19.6% to 19.7%. This highlights that society is moving backwards and is becoming more intolerant; is this the reputation we want for our country? Later in life women are less likely to study engineering or science later in life. This demonstrates women being underestimated and perhaps society is discouraging them into aiming for jobs that have been predominantly male in the past. Schools show that (early on in life) women have, statistically, far more potential than men, so what is it that subdues this? Social attitudes concerning women and their potential essentially hold a certain level of accountability for this. Not only does this result in women being oppressed and not achieving their full potential, it also devalues society as we are deprived of their aptitudes. Despite the equal pay act, inequality in the workplace remains prevalent. Between 1997 and 2010 the wage gap closed by a third, however it

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