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Gender pay gap drives inequality and diminishes self-worth

Lorraine Courtney

Published 09/09/2015 | 02:30

According to the United Nations, it will take another 70 years to close the gender gap in pay around the world
According to the United Nations, it will take another 70 years to close the gender gap in pay around the world

Naysayers will tell you that the gender pay gap is the result of women choosing different jobs or that it doesn't exist at all, but new figures show that while women's pay overtakes men's in their 20s, men earn more in their 30s and for the rest of their career. In real terms, this means that women are unpaid for almost two hours of work every single day.

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Since February 10, 1976, every woman here is entitled to equal pay for equal work, but no country sees women paid as much as men.

The female pay-slippage starts kicking in shortly after 30, which is the same time many women trail off to start families.

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