International Women’s Day: Better educated women are paid substantially less

International Woman’s Day 2015 Special


The International Labor Organization, ILO, and other organizations working for the welfare of women recommend a number of ways to overcome the difference in pay between men and women through wage policies and equality legislation. However the result is not satisfactory.

One day, we campus teacher were celebrating a night picnic party with poems, parody comics and so on in a hotel. In the middle of the party a foreign tourist women who was staying in the same hotel also participated in our night party asked me some questions about the participation of the women in the program. The conversation was as follow-

She- ‘how many women teacher are in the campus?

Me- two

She- where are they?

Me- at home

She- why aren’t they included in the program?

Me- I didn’t have good answer except sharing an excuse of narrow social believes.

She- What is the ratio of women in your country?

Me- 49 percent

She- If half of the population in your country were inactive then how is your labor force considered as human resources?

Today the world is celebrating the International Women’s Day, but is it sufficient  to celebrate such a day despite these disparities?

Big pay gap and insecurity

♦ Here is an interesting quote from BBC that – ‘’The ONS data shows that, in April, the UK workforce was made up of 12.7 million men and 12.3 million women.’’ [1]

♦ Another report In the BBC, according to the International Labor Organization- ‘‘Women in Europe may be better educated or work harder than men, but they are paid   substantially less’’ [2]

♦ The gender pay gap in Europe ranges from about 100 euros (£79) to 700 euros per month, the ILO report suggested. [3]

♦ In the UK, women earn about 28% less than men on average, the UN body found.[4]

♦ “The actual gap varies from about 4% to 36% across all of the 38 countries we looked at,”[5]

According to the BBC Sport study into prize money ‘30% of sports reward men more highly than women. [6 ]

♦ The sports pay gap – it’s not sexism, its economics. The disparity between what male and female sports people receive in pay and prize money is blight on our progressive and egalitarian society.[7] 

When the men and women’s teams of Arsenal both won the FA Cup this year, the women were paid £5,000 as a team and the men received £1.8m  … It has been argued that women’s sport isn’t as business like as men’s. It doesn’t generate enough interest to justify equality on the pay scale.[8]

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A new survey reveals Afghanistan to be the world’s most dangerous place for women. Pakistan and India are ranked third and fourth on crimes ranging from domestic abuse to female foeticide.[9]

Even though female students comprise 57% of college student populations, female athletes received only 43% of participation opportunities which is 56,110 fewer participation opportunities than their male counterparts.[10] 

Now I have realised that there is big discrimination between male and female which reflected in their wage too. The woman who asked me about the participation of women in the party brought immediately to mind that during the globalization era the welfare of women was not given global attention.

Feature image http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29744400

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2 Comments

  1. I visited your blog today and this piece of work attracted me, as I am working on glass ceiling for women and advocating the same to my peers and others.

    Only when blogs like these penetrate the society, will the blatant pay gap and the discrimination meted out be reiterated for appropriate changes in policies.

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    1. Thank you for visiting this blog and taking time to post your comments. Well, Inequality today, I think, is a by-product of globalization. Knowingly or unknowingly state is involve to create such inequality. For example, according to state law BODs are free to take decisions on pay gap without indicating what size of gap actually can be created. So we have to be careful about the origin of inequality before addressing the problems.

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