STUDY: Despite Laws, Women Earn Less Than Men

In a report released Monday, the International Trade Union Confederation says women with children earn almost a third less than men and still face too many career obstacles.

Diana Holland, chair of the ITUC's Women's Committee, calls the report "a call to action at all levels." The publication of the report coincides with the United Nations Day for Women's Rights.

The study says women with kids more often work part-time than men or women without children.

The report also says employers often break laws by paying women less than men and by not giving them enough maternity leave. Women with kids can also be denied promotions or be illegally asked to take pregnancy tests before being hired.

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  • by evision Location: vasai on Mar 13, 2010 at 02:47 AM
  • by HUH? on Mar 8, 2010 at 02:20 PM
    So it is ok for women to be given maternity leave and take off all this time to take care of their children? But still get paid the same as a man who doesn't have to take so much time off? You brought the child into this world, no one made you.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Mar 8, 2010 at 12:59 PM
    More of us need to join the union so that we can begin to exert more influence on our employers. Yeah, right...
  • by Bill Location: Goldsboro on Mar 8, 2010 at 10:36 AM
    There are several fields that come to mind where women do make the same and they make out like bandits cause they dont do the work. Women prison gaurds in male prisons do not do half the work the male gaurds do but they happily take home the pay. Also police officers.. In some cases even in nursing male nurses get the toughest patients or any patients that seem violent and of course the fat patients and any job where heavy lifting is required. I know that in the state mental hospitals many female staff get the same pay as the male staff, but they stay in the office to avoid danger while the male staff have to work twice as hard to do the work of two people.. I am sure there are instances where it works the other way and Im sure I will get flamed for saying the truth but it is the truth. For 18 years I worked with female coworkers at one of the state hospitals and they mostly did their nails in the office . Also female soldiers dont do the work of male soldiers
  • by Data Man on Mar 8, 2010 at 09:46 AM
    To OMG, I agree with you, somewhat. Men do have to work and support their families. The man is the head of the house and he should be treated that way. To often women get out and work and expect the man to take over their housely duties. I am not saying that women should never work but they have lost their place in the home and put to much focus on the outside. Yes, this is a man's world. When the Lord created Adam He made Adam the head. Adam named Eve and Eve was his helpmeet.
  • by OMG Location: OMG on Mar 8, 2010 at 09:42 AM
    To OMG: Are you serious? Really? You think women don't support their families? How about keeping your uneducated, third world babbling to your self next time. Your post is so bad I can't even figure it out. You ask if people have ever read the bible, like a christian, but then blast the christians, what are you talking about?
  • by Endless Fight on Mar 8, 2010 at 05:44 AM
    Having worked in a "man's" world all my career this topic has ALWAYS been an issue. It would be wonderful to see this change but I will probably not live long enough to see it happen. It's unfortunate that women, doing the same jobs as men, are not compensated the same as men. To Anonymous -- you are correct this should be a crime!
  • by OMG Location: Greenville on Mar 8, 2010 at 05:33 AM
    Men have to support their guys ever READ the bible?! Thats why males get paid more. You Christians like to scan, copy, insert, delete, add to scriptures of the BIBLE and interpret in your own way...well it's too bad that males get paid more. They have a family to SUPPORT! Remember?? Maybe we should go back to what the bible says: women shall not work. Hmph!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2010 at 03:25 AM
    That should be a crime.

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