Today Marks The Point In The Year Women Stop Earning Relative to Men
#EqualPayDay is trending on Twitter this morning but it’s not a positive thing. Equality campaigners in the UK have calculated that today marks the point in the year where women effectively stop earning compared to their male counterparts
Official figures put the hourly pay gap between men and women in the UK at women earning 14.2% less than men. In Ireland, according to the National Women’s Council, women currently earn 13.9% less. That put women effectively at earning 86c for every euro pocketed by males or, basically the equivalent of women not earning anything for the remaining 51 days of this year.
UK figures suggest the pay gap is lowest in the 20-30 age bracket, but rises to 18% for women over 50.
She isn't exaggerating. As it stands, if nothing changes, it will take over 50 years to close the gap. Meaning that if you're in your 20s or 30s right now, you're likely to lead your entire adult life with the risk of earning less than your male friends, relatives and colleagues.
If you're a woman, you're effectively working for free for the rest of the year from today. Happy #EqualPayDay
— Tina Daheley (@TinaDaheley) November 9, 2015
If the fact we still need #EqualPayDay wasn't bad enough, the attitudes of those saying the pay gap is a myth makes it even worse.
— Amy / Salt and Chic (@A_daawg) November 9, 2015
— Lizzie (@blueoctober__) November 9, 2015
— Cassie Delaney (@CassieLorraine) November 9, 2015