I am four weeks into my new job. I am slowly starting to enjoy it more and more. The first few weeks were hard. Whilst I love learning new things, I also hate not knowing how to do things. I was also sick for the first two weeks – barely able to get out of bed in the morning but forcing myself to. Life of a working mum is hard!
Now into my forth week I am super busy, friends with everyone and enjoying it more and more. Plus, the family and kids have all settled into a new normal with their updated routine and life is back to a nice working mum balance.
I enjoy working – always have. So, it was with some anger that I read a statistic recently that made me stop and think.
I am sure we are all aware that there is a gender pay gap. Currently according to The Workplace Gender Equality Agency we have a 14.6% pay gap. It is currently the lowest it has been for the past 20 years. What that means is that if a female and a male are employed to do the same job, it is most likely that the female will earn 14.6% less than the male.
That is the equivalent of working approx. 8 weeks less a year. 8 WEEKS!
But that wasn’t the statistic that frightened me. I kind of already knew that us chicks were not getting our worth. The stat I read this week that really made me sit up and take notice was….
The gender pay gap will be equal in 2133. The year 2133. WTF!
By my calculations, my daughter will be 120 years old. So, she won’t see the day. Her children most likely won’t either. So, it really won’t be until my great grandchildren or event great, great grandchildren before every one is seen as equal.
This made me angry. Sure, I am a big girl, I can handle it. I work hard. I have my Masters, I enjoy life and I know many men who probably earn more than me who do not necessary have the same level of experience or qualifications. But I will continue on and the older I get the more confidence I have to ask for my worth.
But when I read that stat and realised that my daughter will not even get the same – I was livid!
I am still not even sure what to do about it. I think the best thing I can do is to continue to support and lift my female peers. Encourage them, instill confidence in them and promote them. Help them expand their networks, assist them with ideas on how to juggle their work and family so they can continue to climb the ladder and hopefully if enough of us stand on that glass ceiling it will shatter!
So look out world – broken glass is coming!