Gender Pay Thesis

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How many cents are in one dollar? One hundred, right. That’s what we’re taught in kindergarten, but it seems as though many people have never learned that. Many people, specifically employers seem to think that there are 78 cents in a dollar, so they give 78 cents to women, while they give a dollar to men. Now in the real world, where 78 cents does not equal a dollar, this 22 cents gap is known as the gender gap. The gender gap is the difference in pay between men and women. Though the gender gap has been an issue for a long time, it still exist. The gender gap is seen mainly in pay but also extends to more than that. The gender pay is real and disadvantaging to half of the U. S., so the government needs to enact more policies and enforce …show more content…
The government needs to implement more equal pay policies because the gender gap affects half of the nations. The gender gap directly affects women but also impacts the whole nation, because when women make more money, the whole household benefits. An article about the gender gap from the White House states that “When women are not paid fairly, not only do they suffer, but so do their families” (“Understanding,” par. 1). This is very true because if a woman is making more money the whole household gets more money and benefits greatly. The gender gap also has a negative impact on the economy. A report by the McKinsey Global Institute states that the “U.S. could grow the economy by an extra $2.1 trillion in gross domestic product” within the next ten years if the government and private sector make an “effort to narrow the gender gap at work (Sahadi, par. 2). Along with this, woman personally stimulate the economy more than men because they spend more of their money than men (Bassett, par. 8). If women were to earn more they would also be less reliant on medicare and welfare (Bassett, par. 9). Along with the impact on the U.S. and the U.S. economy, the gender gap also affects the world and the world’s economy. The gender gap is a problem in all countries, not just the U.S., but some are better than others. Many Nordic countries, like Iceland, Norway and Finland, have the smallest gender gap, while Middle Eastern countries, like Yemen, Pakistan, and Syria, have the largest gender gap (Grimley, par. 5). Nordic countries have small gender gaps because they have good childcare systems and maternity leave policies (Grimley, par. 6). Countries are doing better with closing the gender gap by having more women go to college and having more women in politics and leadership roles (Grimley, par. 4). The gender gap is something that affects the whole world and will continue to

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