In Berlin, unequal pay means unequal price

On March 18, women paid 21% less for transport tickets in Berlin. Why? Because they earn 21% less. The gesture is great, say Berliners, but it lasts only one day, while inequality affects women every day.

Karolina Zbytniewska
Karolina Zbytniewska Euractiv, Europe
Source: Euractiv
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Why this story matters:

Women in the European Union earn 16% less than men on average -- for the same work. The gender gap is the highest in Estonia (25.6%), the Czech Republic (21.1%) and in Germany (21%).

To raise awareness about this injustice and to encourage change, the Berlin public transport operator BVG introduced a cheaper “Frauenticket” for metro, buses and trams.

Berlin women praised the initiative but stressed that it is not enough -- the pay gap is an everyday reality. Not to mention that there was no improvement in the gender pay gap in 2018. Women also commented that the initiative was "nice PR for the BVG”.

Details from the story:

  • On March 18 women pay 5.5 EUR, instead of regular 7 EUR.
  • 21% of the pay gap means that a woman must work 424 days to earn the same as a man in 365 -- BVG stated.
  • Making 8 March free was the idea of Berlin mayor, Michael Müller.
  • The discount is the second initiative that Berlin undertakes to address gender inequality. This year, International Women’s Day has become an official public holiday. And it will remain a holiday in coming years as well (next year the holiday will fall on Sunday, so March 9 will be a holiday).
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