Gender Inequality in Australia

Essay by ilovebdaysJunior High, 9th gradeA, November 2009

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Almost 40 years ago, women were officially granted the rights to have equal pay for equal work in Australia, when The Equal Opportunity Act was passed. Despite this act, however, sex discrimination still occurs in Australia this day, as well as all over the world where it should be illegal. Women in workplaces are unfairly being put second-best to men, when they should be regarded equally. Gender inequality in the workplace is still occurring through unequal wages, different opportunities offered to workers and unfair discrimination of women's choices, but the government and we as citizens can do something about it.

An imbalance of pay leads to gender inequality in the workplace today. In a study held in April 2009 in the United States, it was found that for every dollar full-time, year-round working men earn, women only earn 78 cents. Women of colour in the United States, however, earn even worse.

They are only paid 62 cents for every dollar paid to a white, non-Hispanic man. The United States is not just the only country with the pay gap issue, however. At the end of August 2009, a Perth newspaper article reported Western Australian women were paid the worst of the nation. Females in Western Australia only earn 26% on what men earn in a week on average. The imbalance of pay taking place worldwide is blamed on issues such as the choices women have to make, and discriminatory opinions of people who think that women are inferior to men.

There is gender inequality in the workplace because more opportunities are offered to men than women. In many cases around the world, not just like my mother's, it has been shown that women are receiving much less opportunities than men. In early 2009, in the largest employment discrimination suit ever...