The gender gap is still wide open. Women still do more house work. These are all well-known facts we are trying to change. But there is even more. Did you know that one in five working women with dependent children has to work without any paid leave? More than 40% of women work in part time jobs with very insecure work conditions. Men working in insecure part time jobs is just 15%.
Even though they work as much as men, women still do more house work than men (2 hours and 50 minutes versus just over an hour and a half). They also have the lion’s share in childcare, too – on average they spend three times more time on childcare than men.
The international women’s day is used by many organizations to raise the awareness to the big difference in the wages and the time dedicated to housework and childcare.
We need to speak about the disadvantages and the ongoing problems we face to be able to make a meaningful change.
The thing is that by the time women retire they have even bigger financial disadvantage. In Australia for example men have accumulated balance of $322,000 while women at the same age have only $180,000.
The wage gap between industries, required education versus the wage receive is shocking. Dog groomers receive better wages than women in education. While dog grooming requires a short course and little experience on the job, education has stricter requirements – minimum BSc with 4 years education and longer experience with children. However, children educations receive lower salaries than dog groomers. They are also paid lower than financial planners and aviation mechanics, as well as woodworkers.
In this case we should not be surprised that many women choose to work in the beauty and grooming industry and choose not to pursue a career in education.
However, the families alone cannot afford to pay for the increase of the childcare and education costs which means that it is the government’s responsibility to cover the increase.
Searching for solutions: one of the ways to bridge the wage gap is to find jobs in high demand and that offer good pay, such as taking dog grooming courses or training new hairstylists to hem them out of poverty.