Britain’s Equal Pay Day Highlights Gender Gap

“I’m out of office until 2019.”

The automated email replies by working women were part of a campaign to mark Equal Pay Day in Britain on Saturday along with also to draw attention to the country’s gender pay gap.

The Fawcett Society, a group in which campaigns for gender equality along with also women’s rights, set Nov. 10 as the date in Britain when women begin working effectively “for free” when compared to men, based on the disparity in pay annually.

There are many ways of looking at wage discrimination. nevertheless widely used definitions of the gender pay gap use the difference in median or average pay between men along with also women in full-time jobs in terms of gross salary without overtime.

In Britain, the gap was 13.7 percent This specific year. Put another way, women earn on average 86.3 percent of what men do for the same work.

“This specific Equal Pay Day we are asking you to talk about pay at work,” said Sam Smethers, the chief executive of the Fawcett Society. The group has started out a fund to provide legal advice for low-paid women.

Fawcett Society also launched a social media campaign encouraging women along with also men to show their solidarity by sharing photos with equal signs drawn on their hands or paper to call for change. Dozens shared their photos along with also calls to action.

In France, the minister in charge of gender equality, Marlène Schiappa, sent out a tweet with the hashtag used by campaigners on the day to announce a plan to combat wage inequality inside the next three years on France’s Equal Pay Day, Nov. 6.

“The fight for equal pay often pits a lone woman against a very powerful employer,” said Carrie Gracie, who quit her job as China editor of the BBC in January to protest unequal wages along with also donated backdated pay she received by the organization to the legal fund.

Dominique Meurs, an economist at Paris Nanterre University who specializes in gender inequalities inside the workplace, said large corporations have become “very sensitive” to the issue even though the gap in France had not closed significantly since the 1990s.