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Why The Inequality?

It ’s 2017, and women are still being paid less than men around the world. Here’s the situation in Malaysia, and how you can really get what you ask for.

Deborah Cicurel

We’ve all heard about the gender pay gap. After all , the discrimination and inequalities that lead to women getting paid less than their male counterparts for doing exactly the same job pervade all areas of the workplace. From any old corporate office here to the highest echelons of Hollywood where even influential actresses such as Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence have spoken out, there is only one question — why aren’t we paid the same as men? There seems to be no end to woeful statistics about the existing pay gaps. For example, tne World Bank reports that between 2011 and 2015 across the world, on the average, a woman earned US$76 (about RM340) for every US$100 (about RM445) that a man was paid, and according to the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report 2016, women will be paid less than men for the next 117 years.

GOING UP THE RANKS

Recent statistics show that in Malaysia, women accounted for only 15.2 percent of director positions in the top 100 public-listed companies and that the average monthly salary for women is 4 percent less than that of men despite having the same qualifications, working hours, and job responsibilities. Oftentimes, the pay gap becomes wider as the ranks go higher.

And just by virtue of having a uterus will put you at another disadvantage. If you take a career break after having a baby or for your family (this is a likely chance, since 56 percent of women here in Malaysia have do


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