Today is women’s no-pay day in a developed country like U.K. This has been called to demand equal pay on par with men! Now I did not expect such work pay discrimination based on gender in UK, of all the countries.
Take a look at the facts from UK:
- On an average, full-time working women earn 17% less per hour than men working full-time. For women who work part-time the gap widens to 38% per hour.
- 9% of directors of the UK’s top 100 companies are women.
- One in every five single women pensioners risk being in poverty in retirement.
- Retired men, on an average, have about £50 to £100 per week more private pension income than women of the same age.
- Women still carry out the bulk of unpaid work in the home, irrespective of the fact they have children or not.
- There are six million carer-s of elderly or disabled relatives in the UK, of which 62% are women.
Read more facts at Fawcet Web site.
Coming back to India, I had read at school that women in rural areas were paid less than men. However, we have a Directive Principle that says “equal pay for equal work“. I am not sure if we have reached that equality yet.
Personally, I can not claim to be paid less because I was a women. Does it happen in Indian corporate world? I am not aware. If you have any such experience, please do write in the comments section.