Gender Pay Gap Stats in Developed Nations


Newsflash: there’s a gender pay gap. Women make less than men in the developed world.

(Okay, okay. We know this already. This is just my clumsy attempt at wry humor in face of the latest reminder that we female types have a-ways to go to achieve parity . . . )

The Latest Gender Pay Gap Statistics

The latest statistics on the gender pay gap come from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The gender wage gap is defined as the difference between the median earnings of men and women relative to the median earnings of men. 

The Gender Gap is Significant

In an article entitled “How Pronounced Is The Gender Pay Gap In Developed Nations?”, Forbes contributor and data journalist Niall McCarthy writes:

There is still a considerable disparity in what men and women earn across the developed world. Research by the OECD has shown just how pronounced the gender pay gap really is.

The Worst and the Best of Them

You’ll note South Korea tops the list, discounting the equal work of women by some 34%. Our friends in Belgium are doing something right. They have the teensiest gap of just 3.7%. Kind of like sales tax, only its tax on our femaleness, apparently.

(Wouldn’t it be great if we could deduct the gender tax come tax time?)

What Would You Do to Fix the Gender Pay Gap?

I share these things to invite your comments as we — men and women alike — collectively puzzle over ways to make things better.

To that end, what do you make of the gender pay gap? What would you do to fix it?

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