Gender Inequality Essay

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Gender Inequality Question - Critically examine the success of recent government measures to reduce gender inequality. The Government has tried to eliminate gender inequality for a very long time, a great example of this is the Equal Pay Act, this was introduced by the Government in 1970 and came into effect in 1975, the purpose of this act is to get rid of gender inequality between men and women in terms of employment and pay conditions such as bonus payments, holidays and sick leave when they are doing the same work. There is currently a 17% gap between men and women’s pay for full time work in the UK with a woman earning on average 83p for every £1 a man earns. And for part time workers there is a 38% gap with women earning on average 62p per hour or every £1 a man earns. The equal pay act has been successful in many cases, for example when the act was first introduced it had an immediate impact. When passed in 1970 the gender pay gap was 37% but by the time it came into effect in 1975, the gap was down to 30%. However the pay gap has not been eliminated currently the gap in earnings is 24%. While much of that can be accounted for by men and women doing different work, there is evidence to show that women are still being paid less for the same work in many areas. I think the Equal pay act is a good idea for closing in the pay gap it is successful in many cases. However, overall gender inequality still exists and the pay gap is still quite high, therefore I don’t think the equal pay act has done a great job in eliminating gender inequality. Another way in which the Government has tried to get rid of gender inequality was by introducing the sex Discrimination Act this act makes it unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of a persons gender. Sex discrimination is not allowed in employment, education, advertising or when providing: housing, goods,
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