The Gender Wage Gap In The Workplace

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As a progressive society political, social, and economic structures change continually. Despite these changes there are several areas in which change is not as extensive, take the workplace for example. According to Statistics Canada as of 2016, women represented slightly more than 50% of the Canadian workforce and on average women earn 73.5 cent for every dollar men earn. (Canada, G. O. 2017) Although effort has been made to close the gender wage gap currently women continue to earn less than their male counterparts do. The gender wage gap can be defined as the difference in wages earned by men and women in the workplace. The gender wage gap can be calculated in one of three methods including comparing annual earning by gender for full-time and part-time employment, comparing the annual earnings of full-time employment, and comparing hourly compensation by gender for part-time employment. (Rodas, S. n.d.) Depending on the method used to calculate the wage gap a women in Ontario would have to work and additional 14 years to earn the same amount of money as a man earns by 65. Contrary to popular belief the gender wage gap has no boundaries and varies greatly, Slovenia having the smallest gap at 3.2% and Bosnia having the largest gap at 46%. (Stahl, A. 2017) Even though the wage gap is targeted towards women it does not affect women equally, those who are part of a visible minority, are significantly younger, or older, all experience a greater gap in compensation.
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