Gender Wage Inequality

1630 Words Jun 15th, 2018 7 Pages
One cannot begin the discussion of gender pay gap without defining it. Simply put, gender pay gap is the inequality between men and women wages. Gender pay gap is a constant international problem, in which women are paid, on average, less than that of their male counterpart. As to if gender pay gap still exist, its exactness fluctuates depending on numerous factors such as professional status, country and regional location, gender, and age. In regards to gender, in some cases, both men and women have stated that the gap does not exist. Due to various countries initiatives to shrink the wage inequality between men and women wages in the work force, the gap has narrowed, respectively, which may have helped form such opinion. However, stating …show more content…
It would seem that these states would have the least gender inequality, but this is not the case.
The bar graph shows the percent of gender wage gap in OECD countries. As of 2010, the average gender gap is at 15 percent. Since 2000, the gap has narrowed. In many countries, the gap has shrunken considerable yet in some countries, the gap only increased. Much research shows that eastern Asian countries have and Middle Eastern countries have the largest gender wage gap. Countries such as democratic South Korea and many Middle Eastern countries are relatively economically stable, similar to that of the United States and some European countries, yet these countries gender wage gap percent are not up to par in comparison the U.S. or E.U percent.
The United States began its focus on wage inequality in 1963, when the United States Congress introduced the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. In hopes to strengthen the new legislation, the United States Congress also passed the Fairness Paycheck Act, which had help better prevent employers from committing wage discrimination. Before both Acts, women on average earned 59 cents for every dollar a man made. After these laws were legislated, women’s relative earnings steadily increased during the 70s and 80s. Besides governmental laws and regulations help in narrowing gender wage inequality,
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