A look at some of the historic moments in the last centuary which have helped change gender inequality in the work place.
Newspapers created separate job listings for males and females, with the higher level jobs listed as male only. Between this time, women were earning only two thirds of the pay that males in the same role were earning.
June 10 1963:
The equal pay act comes into play, making it illegal for companies to pay women less on the basis of their gender. For women, this meant that their gender was no longer seen as a setback on their CV.
June 1964-January 1971:
Women were paid back by employers for the inequality in pay they received before the act was passed. This totalled around $26 million to 71,000 women.
The US court ruled that employers could not change the job titles of male workers who were essentially doing the same jobs as females in order to pay them more. This contributed towards the equal pay act.
Although younger women’s wages (those under 25) were beginning to catch up with that of mens- women now earning 93.8% of what men earnt, the older generation flagged behind, still only earning 75.2% of what men were earning.
Unfortunately, gender inequality still exists in the work place today, with men still earning an average of £8,000 a year more than fellow females in the same role. Although the equal pay act has created a huge change since it came into force, there is still a long way to go until society has a workforce which is truly equal.
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