Why is it so hard to close the gender wage gap?

By Kate McInturff

The wage gap is pretty easy to understand. I do a job. You do a job. I get paid more. You get paid less. Unfair. Especially if you and I have the same training, work the same hours, and perform the same kind of tasks. And yet, the gender wage gap persists, right here in Canada, even when education, occupation, experience, and hours of work are considered. The gap is even bigger for Indigenous women, racialized women, immigrant women, and women with disabilities.

Still skeptical? Consider McMaster University. They looked at men and women doing exactly the same job (university professor), at the same place, adjusted for years of work, number of publications, tenure, and rank and they still found that women were paid less than men. More than $3,000 a year less.

So the wage gap is a real thing. And it’s pretty easy to understand that it’s not fair. So why is this problem so hard to fix?

Continue Reading (Behind the Numbers, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives):
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2017/04/06/hard-close-gender-wage-gap/

Kate McInturff is a senior researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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