Young women are earning almost a third less than young men in real terms, despite the gender pay gap closing.
Young women’s total incomes have stagnated in recent years, as they worked fewer hours than men, and in lower-paid industries.
The smallest gap in real incomes was in 2009, when men took home $5560 a year more than women. By 2012, this gap had doubled to $11,200.
The gulf in real incomes comes despite a closing of the pay gap between men and women doing roughly equal work. In 2011, young men were paid 4.3 per cent more than women in similar work, which fell to 2.2 per cent in 2012.
A McDonald’s worker, Chloe Sifflett, 21, said favouritism towards boys certainly played a role in her workplace. “Guys get more shifts and more training than the girls.”
She believed women her age needed to be more aware of equality issues, but understood why workers might not want to rock the boat.
“The main priority is finding a job and keeping a job.”
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