Britain's new law to combat gender pay gap will bring welcome change


t is widely known that the gender pay gap has been a prominent issue since women entered the workforce.

The feminist community has been advocating for equal pay, specifically with the rise of second-wave feminism in the 1960s.

Now, a major step forward has been taken to resolve this issue. Britain is now attempting to implement a new law in which companies are forced to publicly share their salary information.

At a glance, this law sounds like it can lead to greater problems within the company such as tension between workers. Perhaps it might even ruin the reputation of companies, labeling them as misogynists.

The ethics of this law must be considered. Payroll is considered a confidential component of companies — salaries are not supposed to be discussed. With that in mind, by releasing payroll information, not only will gender pay gaps be revealed, but chaos and instability will be caused within companies.

Releasing salary information can cause disputes between employees who feel their counterparts — whether male or female — are being paid more or less than them.

Regardless, the law can lead to many lawsuits and internal issues for companies due to the sensitivity of salary information.

However, this drastic step needs to be taken — regardless of the consequences. If there is a revelation that a certain company has been unfairly paying their female employees less, and that leads to discomfort — so be it.

This is the type of law that is supposed to make businesses feel uncomfortable. Businesses have lost the privilege to keep their salaries confidential when such grave gender discrimination is committed, especially in the height of the feminist movement.

It is highly discriminatory and unjust that a woman who has the same tasks, duties and job title gets paid less than a male simply because of her gender. Both men and women are capable of achieving greatness in the corporate world. Women, however, have a limited presence within these corporations.

In the United States, there are more CEOs named John than there are women running businesses, according to The New York Times. The statistic itself is alarming and raises the question of when exactly the glass ceiling will break.

Women have been entering the workforce now more than ever, but the gender gap issue still stands. To this date, there has not been a successful effort to close the pay gap, but Britain’s new law may just provide a major turning point for women’s labor rights.

The law is essentially a product of the consistent neglect and disregard for of equal pay. It is unfortunate this law that is ethically questionable and can cause companies internal damage is what the solution has to be.

The fact that this law is being spoken about can cause quite a stir in the economic atmosphere and help businesses realize that they should commit to non-discriminative actions toward their female employees or it will lead to severe embarrassment and harm to their respective corporations.

The gender pay gap has implemented a sense of urgency within Britain, and perhaps this law will be adopted worldwide. Women make up 47 percent of the labor force. Opponents to the law may say that the law should be reconsidered. However, women have waited long enough and are entitled to equal rights.

During World War II, women were allowed to have jobs while men were fighting in the war. After the men returned, the women were told to go back to being domestic housewives.

After a long fight women are a part of the workforce and more often than not, have the right to choose to be a full-time homemaker or pursue a career. Regardless, women have fought too hard and long to not be paid the same as their male counterparts. This law is as necessary as the 19th Amendment.

Betty Freidan published The Feminine Mystique, which has become a notable work of literature.

Freidan raises the issue dubbed “the problem with no name” in which women feel unsatisfied with their lives and advocates that there is more to women than tending to household chores.

Freidan believes that women want to achieve an identity of their own by having the right to attend university to achieve higher levels of knowledge and to follow a career path to become successful in the occupation of their choice.

Britain’s new law will fight for these early feminists and the women today who are trying to build their own identities — the women who deserve to be paid equally and ultimately, respected.