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We touched upon equal opportunities in our discussion yesterday (@reem
. This article today looks at how there is increasing awareness of the truth that there is a gender pay-gap. The evidence that men earn more than women is clear, yet there are still people who insists this is a myth.
In Britain it is found that women earn 10% less than men. However there are differences depending on age (regardless of sex), on type of work women are more likely to do, and an interesting idea of 'agreeableness' meaning that women are more likely to tolerate lower pay. Men are more likely than women to apply for jobs for which they are not quite qualified, and women being more likely to apply for jobs for which they are overqualified. Taking a career break to have children, or wanting to work part-time afterwards can create a pay gap.
What are your experiences? Do you see women doing what traditionally are thought of as 'men's' jobs? Do you think they can do them just as well? Do you think there will ever be gender equality? How do you think it can be achieved?
Watch out, the article is quite a challenging read!