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For the first time in history, the United Nations is celebrating International Equal Pay Day in an effort to raise awareness surrounding the income inequality between men and women. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) acknowledge the need for equality as a fundamental human right, listing gender equality as SDG #5, and Decent work & economic growth as SDG #8. Women around the world continue to be impacted by discrimination in the work force, “making only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men” (UN).

Posted by Hannah Wright on September 18, 2020
The conversation about equality in the workplace typically revolves around equal pay between men and women for work of equal value- meaning that if a man and a woman were to complete the same job or amount of work, they should be making the same amount of money. This is not the case. According to the International Labor Organization, women also face greater issues with general employment, job security, attaining positions in decision-making or more “powerful” positions, as well as advancing in certain fields that are male-dominated. Women who are LGBTQ+, BIPOC, as well as women who have children are more vulnerable to inequalities.

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By 2030, the goal of the UN, among various other organizations, is to “achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value” (EPIC). While the efforts of the organizations are good at their core, they are not very realistic. Considering all factors surrounding this goal, the UN says that at this rate, it will take more than 250 years from where we are now to close the pay gap. At this point you’re most likely asking yourself, what steps are even in place to reach this goal? What steps can I be taking to close the gap?

The answer is not that simple. Considering that this issue is global, gender-oriented, and involves business’/money, shifting the dynamic that has been in place for so long is going to affect just about everybody- which means everybody is going to have to make changes, even if they’re small. Most of these changes will require work from businesses themselves and their founders, CEOs, etc. In order for there to be equality in the workforce, there must be fair hiring, untargeted promotions, equal advancement opportunities, and analysis of compensation based on gender and race. 

Progress has been made throughout time in an effort to end discrimination based on gender and race, but we are nowhere near a soluton. If you are a business owner or in the work force, we encourage you to challenge discrimination, and even better, create a project based on the global gender wage gap. 

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