When Will The Time Really Be Up?

Holly Evans, Contributor

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Nearly one-hundred years after women were granted the right to vote, the world we know today is still plagued with the inequality that seems to transcend generations. The current wage gap in the United States continues to be women making about eighty cents to every dollar a man makes. Twenty cents doesn’t sound like much, but every year women will make over ten thousand dollars less than their male counter parts. It took Massachusetts until August 4th, 2016 to pass a bill to just help narrow the wage gap which comes into effect July 1st, 2018.

The average working woman is not the only person being affected. Many think that celebrities aren’t affected by the same problems that the rest of the world faces. In this case, that is simply untrue. In fact, a quite extreme case of disparity in the wage gap occurred quite recently. For the movie  All the Money in the World, featuring Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, the actors were required to do reshoots for certain scenes. The pay for these shoots was negotiated by the same company (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment). Wahlberg was paid 1.5 million dollars while Williams, on the other hand, was paid a mere one 1,000 dollars for the same shoot.

On January 7th of this year a story was published by the New York Times about Carrie Gracie ( Senior Editor at BBC News) and her decision to quit her position as China editor last week to protest gender inequality within the company. She tells of how she and her female coworkers have always had an inkling that their male counter parts were being paid more than they were. She decided to make the issue public, receiving great support even from those “high up” at BBC. “I simply want the BBC to abide by the law and value men and women equally,” Ms. Gracie wrote, citing the Equality Act of 2010, which states that men and women doing equal work must receive equal pay. “On pay, the BBC is not living up to its stated values of trust, honesty and accountability,” (Haag). Last year the company published reports on the range in salaries within their company.  Two thirds of those who earned more than 204,000 dollars were men, while no women were included in the top seven highest earners. On average it was shown that men happened to make around ten percent more than women working there and a lot of the time doing the same job.

While the wage gap has narrowed, progress has stalled since the 1990’s when headway was being made in abundance. A study done by the AAUW (American Association of University Women) has shown that if the wage gap continues to close at its current rate, women will finally be paid the same somewhere around 2059.

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