Today, women across the country are invited to walk out of work at 3:50pm, a symbolic time representing the amount of time women are paid for in comparison to their male colleagues. The protest is designed to highlight the continuing pay gap faced by women, whose contributions are nevertheless vital to workplaces and industries across Australia. Here's what you need to know about the protest, and how you can get involved.
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Today marks Equal Pay Day, when based non the disparity in pay between men and women, the latter are effectively working from free from now until the end of the year. It's an emotional topic, but what does science have to say about the whole issue?
A common argument for why the gender pay gap exists is that women tend to work in lower-paid occupations. But new in-depth research has found even when contributions to their employers are the same, women are still paid only 84 cents for every $1 men receive.
Why? Well, it's sexism, they say.
Five years ago, Silicon Valley was rocked by a wave of “brogrammer” bad behavior, when overfunded, highly entitled, mostly white and male startup founders did things that were juvenile, out of line and just plain stupid. Most of these activities – such as putting pornography into PowerPoint slides – revolved around the explicit or implied devaluation and harassment of women and the assumption that heterosexual men’s privilege could or should define the workplace. The recent “memo” scandal out of Google shows how far we have yet to go.
It's no secret that women are underrepresented in the technology sector. If you work in IT and disagree, take a look around you - how many of your colleagues are women? How many are in senior positions? If you answered "over 25 per cent" to both of those questions, your workplace is definitely in the minority.
ISACA recently conducted a global survey of women working in IT to uncover the main barriers they face. This infographic breaks down the results.