Today is equal pay day, and it has fallen today because the gender pay gap is currently 20% which means women are effectively working for the rest of the year for free.
A Sydney radio station are calling for companies to offer a 20% discount to women only today, to somehow make up for the pay gap. I'm not sure i agree with this because it's trying to make a right with two wrongs. I feel that it's opening up discrimination claims for the companies who participate. However in saying that, it's bringing awareness to the issue.
I personally feel a bit resentful towards men for being able to have a family and a career. I am at the point in my career where I'm ready to step up to the next level and potentially move on to a new company but I want another baby, meaning my career will be put on hold for the next 18 months at least (time TTC, pregnancy and 6 months off).
I just don't know what the answer is. Men in my position will have had more experience as they haven't taken time off with a baby and haven't worked part time for a few years while their kids are young so are of more value to an employer. What do you think needs to be done to close the pay gap?