Stand Together Network

Introduction to equal pay

Our campaign aims to Educate, Empower and Enable. Our duty is to empower women to join our campaign to speak up and protest pay inequality.

What is Gender Inequality?

Gender inequality is discrimination on the basis of sex or gender causing one sex or gender to be routinely privileged or prioritized over another. 

A lower rate of pay for women, especially single women, makes it increasingly harder to better their financial positions, for example saving for retirement or crisis situations. 

The Negative Consequences of Unfair Gender Pay Gaps

The UK is generally thought as a place that is advanced and is evolving to eliminate any conflicts arising from individuals’ differences, however we still have a long way to go regarding equal pay in the workplace.  A lower rate of pay for women, especially single women, makes it increasingly harder to better their financial positions.     

Women and the Gender Pay Gap

The Gender Pay Gap has been ongoing for more than a century. Female workers have taken up the battle for pay equity since the late 19th century. Studies have found that regardless of ethnicity, occupation or education all women are affected by the gender wage gap. The sooner we eliminate it, the quicker we can create an equitable pay workplace and fairer society. 

Our campaign aims:

It’s time for EQUAL PAY and to treat everyone equally. 

Our campaign aims to Educate, Empower and Enable. Discrimination plays a key role in the gender pay gap within the workplace.  Our duty is to empower women to join our campaign to speak up and protest pay inequality. The Gender Pay Gap hurts working families and is a civil injustice within our society.  Working to close the gender pay gap is critical in creating an environment that is inclusive for everyone. 

Are you a woman who has been affected by gender pay gap?  Join our ‘Mind The Pay Gap Campaign” 

What are the main causes of Gender Inequality?

Gender prejudice and resulting gender discrimination begin in childhood. From the moment they’re born, girls and boys face unequal gender norms regarding expectations and access to resources and opportunities, with lifelong consequences – in their homes, schools and communities. Main causes of the Gender Pay Gap: 

  • Family caring responsibilities 
  • Women do most of the unpaid labour (cooking, cleaning) leaving less time for paid work 
  • More women working in low paying sectors such as care, retail & education
  • Fewer and less-paid female managers
  • Direct discrimination based on sexual orientation
  • Undervaluation of skills while doing comparable jobs
  • Society considers jobs to be gendered 
  • Women are made to feel much less employable with children, whilst men with growing families are often perceived as hard-working breadwinners
  • Boys are often encouraged to go to school and get an education to prepare for work, while girls carry heavy household responsibilities that keep them from school, increasing the odds of child marriage and pregnancy.

Statistics show

According to the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), ‘in 2019 the gender pay gap was 17.3% in the UK, which means that on average, women were paid approximately 83p for every £1 men were paid’. It is frequently believed that in modern day society we are reaching a solid level of equality, although this statistic suggests otherwise. On average, women carry out 60% more unpaid work than men. Women spend around twice as much time on unpaid cooking, childcare and housework than men 

In 2021, the United Kingdom ranked 23rd on the global gender gap index, placing it behind other European countries such as France, Germany, and Ireland .In the UK women are paid just 90p for every £1 earned by men. There are more men in senior positions than there are women, therefore amplifying the divide in pay between sexes. 

For example, looking at the NHS, ‘the figures show that, despite women making up over three quarters of NHS staff, they are still in the minority in senior roles’. This imbalance underlines the way in which women are still underrepresented in higher positions in the working world. 

According to Michelle J. Budwig a sociology professor from the University of Massachusetts, ‘for each child a woman has, her wage will decrease by about 4 percent, even when a variety of factors are taken into account’. Following this, she continues to say, ‘when a man has a child, however, his earnings increase by 6 percent with the same factors taken into account’. After absorbing this information, it can easily be understood that parenthood only augments the wage inequality between sexes, continuing to favour men. 

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