Despite its progressive equality policies, such as split parental leave, the country has a gap of 21.6%.Sweden and Finland have similarly progressive policies but also fall within the less equal half of the graph. It is followed by Malta with 5.1% and Poland with 6.4%.The gender gap in pay has narrowed since 1980, particularly among younger workers, but it still persists. Based on this estimate, it would take an extra 44 days of work for women to earn what men did in 2015.In 2015, women earned 83% of what men earned, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of median hourly earnings of both full- and part-time U. (By comparison, the Census Bureau found that women earned 80% of what their male counterparts earned in 2015 when looking at full-time, year-round workers only.) But The estimated 17-cent gender pay gap for all workers in 2015 has narrowed, from 36 cents in 1980.The presence of alternative ways to measure the gap can create a misconception that data on the gender wage gap are unreliable.
Now chair of CPA Canada’s Women’s Leadership Council, the bestselling author, speaker and leader in the field of financial literacy is not surprised that, even in 2015, the gender pay gap still exists.
Some part of the pay gap may also be due to gender discrimination.
In the 2013 survey, women were about twice as likely as men to say they had been discriminated against at work because of their gender (18% vs. Furthermore, both men and women see inequalities in the workplace – 77% of women and 63% of men said “this country needs to continue making changes to give men and women equality in the workplace,” according to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey.
A large body of research accounts for, diagnoses, and investigates this “gender pay gap.” But this literature often becomes unwieldy for lay readers, and because pay gaps are political topics, ideological agendas often seep quickly into discussions.
This primer examines the evidence surrounding the gender pay gap, both in the literature and through our own data analyses.