Greece is far from closing the wage gap 

The pay gap between men and women in Greece is sizeable, according to recently released figures by the European Commission on the occasion of European Equal Pay Day. 

Dialekti Angeli
Dialekti Angeli NewsMavens, Greece
Greece is far from closing the wage gap  - NewsMavens
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Why this story matters:

According to the report, the gross hourly earnings of Greek women are 12.5% lower than men, compared to an average European percentage of 16.2%.

The European Commission states that the difference in annual earnings between men and women is much greater for women, given the unpaid domestic care they carry out. In Greece, men deal with household activities, on average, for 9 hours a week. On the other hand, women deal with household chores for 22 hours per week.

Therefore, after taking into account these domestic activities, the actual wage gap in Greece between men and women reaches an astounding 41.4%, with all the related consequences, like the amount of the money paid for pensions, etc.

Brussels thinks that the work-life balance of the families in the EU needs to be improved. In this direction, the Commission has proposed that every father should have a 10-day parental leave from his job at the time of his child’s birth and that this paid leave will be a non-transferable equal right for the two sexes. Thus, according to the European Commission, there is a strong incentive to use the 10-day leave instead of stopping women from working for a long time.

But experience shows that paternity leave is actually another blow for women in the workplace. In the Wall Street Journal’s article “Does Paternity Leave Hurt Women” a study found when female professors took maternity leave, they actually took care of the baby as the leave is intended, while when men tooκ paternity leave they instead used it as time to work on research and publish papers.

So basically, a woman’s career will taking a hit because she’s absent from work for a long period of time, while men absent from the office are boosting theirs.

Next time you see a video of a father making breakfast for his children, or braiding his daughter’s hair or putting his baby to sleep, think before you say: “How sweet of him!” and press the “like” button, just remember that this is the everyday routine of thousands of millions of mothers all over the world.

Details from the story:

  • The smallest pay gap in the European Union is in Italy (5.3%)
  • Estonia follows Greece with 25.3%
  • The European average percentage considering the domestic activities is 39.6%
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