This is unfortunately nothing new — if you’re born female you can expect to be paid less, regardless of your qualifications or experience. That’s just the sad truth, which many of us women have resigned ourselves to.
Of course, it shouldn’t be this way. Women worldwide have been lending their voices to equality in an attempt to bridge the gender pay gap, but when recent figures showing that female graduates earn up to £8,000 less than their male counterparts, their collective voice appears to have gone unheard.
The figures come from a study conducted by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), via Sky News, and found that female graduates’ starting salaries were drastically lower — ranging between £15,000 to just under £24,000 — while men were likely to earn more than £24,000.
Even if women studied the same subjects as men, their gender affected their corporate worth. And the EHRC found that the worst career in terms of inequality is surprisingly one that is meant to fight such issues: law. Female lawyers reportedly took home around £20,000, about £8,000 less than their male colleagues.
And it’s not just lower pay that women are experiencing — they also reportedly do not have the same opportunities as men when it comes to good quality apprenticeships.
According to The Independent, EHRC commissioner Laura Carstensen said: “In today’s world women should not face these kinds of injustices, especially when data shows time after time girls and women are outperforming males at every stage in education.
“45 years after the Equal Pay Act was brought in to herald an end to gender pay inequality, our research provides clear evidence that the old economic and societal barriers are still prevalent for working women and overshadowing the prospects of our girls and young women yet to enter the workplace.”
It’s time everyone — women and men — took a stand against discrimination in the workplace.