I couldn't find a thread about this even though the Equalities Select Committee released their report in March and according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies women on average now earn 18 per cent less than men.
My reaction is not to be outraged - I probably would be but I don't think that has made any difference so far, but to wonder just what can be done now. The Ford's Dagenham machinists strike for equal pay for work of equal value was in 1968(!) and we have achieved this in many cases but obviously not overall.
I was prompted to ask your opinion because of the strap-line in an article in The New Statesman by Helen Lewis (sorry I can't find a link, perhaps someone else can). This says "Getting women to enter male fields won't close the gender pay gap - those jobs just lose their prestige." I felt this had a ring of truth and wondered what others think.
It does seem to be a mainly motherhood gap and I wonder too what can be done about that.
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