Gender Wage Gap In The Workplace

1240 Words 5 Pages
Women’s Place in the Workplace
With the use of many scholarly sources this report will explore the issue of gender wage gap with respect to men and women in the work force, mainly in Canada. Gender wage gap has been around for centuries, from before work was paid in wages and women were regarded as non-skilled workers, to present day where women are seen making $0.74 for every dollar a man makes in the same position. These issues of gender wage gap are as much related to gender discrimination as they are to the pre-determined social expectations of men and women. This report will explore the questions of why is there such a large pay gap, does a women’s position within a company determine the size of the gender wage gap, and finally, is there
…show more content…
from here forward), the wage gap is narrowing but still exists due to many reasons including women’s leave from work, occupational segregation, traditionally lower education levels, as well as discrimination (Ontario Goverment, 2012). According to the P.E.C. when the first legislation, The Pay Equity Act, was enacted there was a 36% wage gap, and as of 2012 it had narrowed down to 26%. The gender wage gap has been an issue for a very long time and is only slowly starting to narrow. Almost the entire issue can be summarized as a result of predetermined gender roles and the discrimination of women. The P.E.C. actually claims that as much as 15% of the gap is due to discrimination. The only legislation enacted to deal with this problem is The Pay Equity Act which was enacted in 1987. The act’s role can be summarized here with an excerpt from the website …show more content…
The results from researching this question was unfavorable, because although lots of women successfully complete higher education, according to the study “Education at a Glance 2009”with 46.9% successfully completing compared to 30.8% for men (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, 2009), this increase in the educational level of women does not necessarily mean an increase in pay rises. This leads to the fact that discrimination is not necessarily related to the education of the employee but rather their gender. An important reason for the lessor amount of promotions results from the likelihood of parenthood. As seen today and throughout history, women tend to be much more likely to work part time or take time off than their male counterparts when they have children to take care of. When women do eventually return from their leave or begin to work full time as opposed to part time, they face much lower wages then the men that did not take that time because of lost opportunities for promotion and advancement. Even the women that don 't have children can be considered “potential mothers” and still may be denied promotion

Related Documents