Unequal pay for women
Other Names: Denial of right to equal pay for women
Nature: The gap between male and female earnings, although in a few countries narrowing somewhat in the wake of legislative efforts, has generally remained distressingly large, even for workers with roughly similar qualifications. It is now evident that this gap is due mainly to the concentration of women in the lower-paying occupations and industries rather than to men and women being paid differently in the same or similar jobs. Women are concentrated in the lower-paying occupations because these are sex-segregated keeping most men out, while the higher paying occupations tend to keep women out. On-the-job training to improve skills is biased towards males as well. Unequal pay for women is very evidently the tradition in many developing countries.
Claim: No major battle has been won. Economic inequality is greater than at an time since records were kept, and women are the most unequal.
Problem Type: D: Detailed problems
Date of last update 01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET