It is likely that at some level there will always be a battle of the sexes. We are different creatures and it is very unlikely that we will ever fully understand one another. But, that doesn't mean that we should be treated differently when it comes to certain things. While most individuals might be interested in gadgets like a cell phone or a Play Station, most women would rather spend the afternoon at a spa. No matter what it is we enjoy as men or women, we should be making the same amount for doing the same level of work when it comes to our jobs.
Some people might think that this is an issue that was resolved long ago. There are now more women enrolling in college then men and it is certainly no longer rare to see women as CEOs or getting their medical degree in Florida. Women have found their way into the workplace in the last fifty years but that doesn't mean that they are getting paid the same as their male counterparts. Statistics show that the average women makes only about 78% of what a man does for the same position.
There are several reasons why women are still getting paid less then men on average. The first is that research shows us that while we might have come a long way in terms of the people qualified to be working as an accountant at H&R Block, or at a manufacturer, the majority of people still subconsciously favor seeing a male in a position of authority. Marketing studies have shown that when customers are presented with male and female salespeople who act identically, they were nearly twenty percent more satisfied with the male. They also had more confidence in a male dentist over a female surgeon. This shows that if pays are going to become equal then we must first adjust perception.
Another factor is that while there are many women who have risen to higher positions in the last ten to fifteen years, when it comes to management and executives, there are still more men at the top of the heap with more experience. This might be an issue that will sort itself out in the coming years as an increasing number of women are learning to start their own businesses or work their way up to being the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. While this is an issue that we all need to be actively aware of, we might see change in the coming years without doing much differently then we are right now. Hopefully within the next decade we will see the average pay get closer to an equal number.