If a woman does the same job a man does, there is no reason she shouldn't receive the same amount of pay. To do otherwise or believe otherwise defies logic. What makes a woman doing the same task somehow deserving of less money? We need a serious overhaul of pay laws in this country to address this.
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Of course she should be. But by law in almost, if not all of the first world, she already is payed the same amount as a man for the same work with the same qualifications. The 77¢ for every man's $1 is a misinterpreted "fact". The wage gap disparity is due to women going into lower paying professions like psychology while men tend to become engineers. Men also tend to work in more dangerous professions, which in turn pay higher wages. Women also work less overtime and try to make their work fit around their schedule, while men do the opposite. Not to mention the fact that a lot of women have children mid-career which means that said woman would have a lot less experience when re-entering the workplace than a man who had been working for the past 18 years would.
This wage gap can be perfectly cleared up like so: Women who own and run their own business earn almost 50% less than a man owning his own business. Why? Women who own businesses tend to reduce their hours and give themselves more time off, while men usually work much longer hours.
There is no reason that woman should get paid less, if they have the same education and if they are doing the same work it makes no sense for someone to get paid less. In my opinion I think it is wrong for people to view woman as feeble not able to do anything and should just sit home raising kids and knitting blankets this is the 21st century for gods sake.
In this day and age of gender and racial equality, woman should definitely get paid the same amount as men. It is not right to pay someone more just because of their gender, as woman are equally important to all kinds of work groups and settings. If two people have the same type of job, then they should be paid the same type of wage.
If a man works harder than another woman than he should get a raise, but if you make this a law then the women will have to get a raise too.
Not to mention other variables such as education, work ethic etc. etc.
The same goes for women. If they work harder they deserve a raise. People dont think about these and when people hear should women be paid the same as men, they think the only reason that they would be paid less is sexism when it is acctually what i listed above.
If their qualifications, abilities, and expected contributions are the same... Yes.
But that's really dependent upon the particular case at hand.
In a construction job, I'd imagine men oftentimes have generally greater innate ability in certain dimensions of the job... Like lifting stuff.
There are also many trends of differences among men and women in what they pursue, and how they behave, etc..
On wages set at Hiring, it's easy (and Proper) to say if two candidates (regardless of Gender) seem to have equal qualifications/abilities relevant to the job, and seem as though they'd be equally committed... They should get equal offered pay.
And when it comes to Raises, it's also easy to say that if two employees seem equally effective, they should get equal opportunities for advancements/raises.
Saying this is Not supporting discriminating based on Gender... But, given possible discrepancies in the approach or effectiveness of Men and Women (for whatever reason, perhaps natural in the case of Lifting Stuff, perhaps cultural/social in other areas), it may indeed allow for pay disparities to develop.
I don't see the problem with evaluating based upon abilities/qualifications and apparent effectiveness.
I think that's how you should evaluate employees regardless of whether that allows for such disparities to develop.