Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Women and the Gender Gap: 2044 Is Too Long to Wait - INTERNATIONAL POLICY DIGEST

by Daphne Stanford
Originally published: March 12, 2017
Publisher: intpolicydigest.org

I don’t know about you, but in my opinion, 27 years is a long time to wait for equal pay. By that time, I’ll be in my sixties and hopefully no longer climbing the proverbial corporate ladder. Fast Company reports, “The wage gap in developing countries could be reduced by 35 percent by 2030 and eliminated by 2044, according to a new report from consultancy Accenture.” Supposedly, it’s partially up to women to enter into more STEM-related fields, but workplaces bear some responsibility, too.

Fast Company also mentions the need for more flexible schedules, citing the difference between full-time and part-time work as contributing to the pay gap, as well. Flexible schedules are quickly becoming popular in many places of work, so hopefully that will help women who require more non-traditional working hours. Accenture cites what they call ‘digital fluency’ as being the potential key to women finally closing the pay gap.

Their report also names several specific actions and attributes related to digital fluency that are supposed to affect work and earnings: taking a coding or computing course; adopting a new technology quickly; and continuously learning new digital skills. Accenture cites digital fluency (along with more proactive approaches to career strategy and deeper immersion in tech), to have the potential to globally reduce the pay gap by 35 percent by the year 2030. However, closing the pay gap may be more complicated than making a list of skills and actions to check off.