Women + Work = Men + Work?

March 13, 2016

Have you ever heard of the term, “equal pay for equal work”? It means that if you’re doing the exact same thing as someone else, both of you should get paid the same amount of money. Simple idea, right? But the idea of equal pay for equal work really isn’t that simple. Do you pay two people the same amount of money for doing the same job even if one does the job better? How about someone who has been doing the job for much longer? Or how about someone who takes less time to complete the job? All of these questions actually make the idea of equal pay for equal work quite complicated.

But for the same exact work, shouldn’t men and women get paid the same salary? That’s not always the case though. Women all over the world are still fighting to get paid the same salary for the same exact work that men are doing. For example, in the United States women on average make $0.80 for every $1.00 that men make. That’s why countries, companies, and organizations are working towards this idea of “equal pay for equal work.” In our March issue, we talked about how Iceland will be the first country in the world to require companies to pay men and women the same salary for the same job performed.