Patriarchal Dividend Analysis

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The term “patriarchy” has been used to describe the social system of men holding the power and authority. Since the 1960s, feminist are working hard to spread the awareness of how patriarchy system related to the inequality treatment existing in both genders (Cranny, 2003). It is argued that different sectors in the world such as labour force, education, politics and more has been undergoing a domination of male, known as “hegemonic masculinity”. Since this phenomenon of hegemonic masculinity has been deemed natural, ordinary or normal (Donaldson, 1993), various actions and thinking are seen to favour masculinity characteristic, or in this case, men. Raewyn Connell describes the situation of masculinity favouring situation as “patriarchal dividend”. …show more content…
The analysis will be done on the gender gap and gender pay gap existing in both sectors. Although Australia is ranked 24th in the 2014 global gender gap report by World Economic Forum, patriarchal dividend is still found around Australia. Former prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard commented that Australia have gone backwards in closing the gender gap (theguardian, 2015). To examine the reason behind, advantages and disadvantages in both gender roles will be examined in order to find out how patriarchal dividend works in the workforce. Additionally, issues such as wage inequality, gender preference for seniority workers and professions, gender gaps in the parliament seats will also be …show more content…
Since these sectors are seen as a male-dominated working sectors, the welfare of a woman are always been neglected. However, some industrial sectors such as public administration and safety, wholesale trade have a low gender pay gap ranged from 7.3% to 7.2%, which at the same time, reduced substantially since November 2012. On the other hand, occupation choices such as technicians and trades workers, professionals, labourers etc. has a wide gender pay gap which consists of a few hundred dollar difference for men and women. Women’s work performance are deemed to be underrated according to the statistics. Meanwhile, the older the women gets, the bigger the difference of their job payment compared to the men as it might associated to the responsibilities of family and children for women. The interesting results shown in this report is the method of setting the payment. There are three categories, award, collective agreement and individual agreement. The award payment for the woman is higher than the average weekly-payment for a man with the difference of $24, however, collective and individual agreement for men are higher than women with the percentage of 16.9 and 20.6

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