The gender pay gap debate seems to be stronger than ever nowadays. I find it so bloody stupid, to be honest with you.
Yes it’s true, that woman get paid less on average than men, but that is such a misleading statistic! Yes, if you take the salary of all the men in the world, divided by the total number of working men, compared to the same stat for women, it is going to be somewhat equal. However, if you actually account for factors such as the number of hours they work, or the type of jobs they take, it somewhat evens out.
I’m not saying that there aren’t discrimination policies in the work place at all! Far from it. Clearly, paying somebody more money than someone else for the same type of work is wrong. Discrimination should be weeded out at all costs, and that I agree with you.
However, shouldn’t the crux of the entire matter than be about work place discrimination, instead of focusing on something like the gender pay gap?
Also, if you really wanted to push people into higher paying positions, maybe consider why engineers get paid more than other people. It’s simple economics – harder jobs, you get paid more. If you do easy work, you get paid less.
So it needs to start from young – the idea that men and women are equal just cannot be 100% true, simply because we are biologically not the same kind of people to begin with anyway. Like for real dude.
Start when they are young and get more women into male dominated fields like engineering, investment banking, mining (okay, maybe not). So go out there and do that, because that is when you are going to end up with true equality. Seriously.