Should we surprised by the gender pay gap?
In mid-July the BBC released the salaries of their top-paid stars. Chris Evans is reported as being the best paid star, receiving over £2m in 2016-2017, compared to the highest paid female star receiving considerably less (Claudia Winkleman $450,000-£500,000). Some politicians have described this difference as discrimination and argued that women are being paid less for doing the same job as men.
This article could form part of an introductory session to Sociology, where students discuss the reasons why women are paid less than men for similar work. Discussion questions could include:
- Do the women ‘deserve’ to be paid less for the same work as men?
- Is there any justification for this divide?
- Should all companies publish their salaries?
- How does this pay divide link to other areas of views of gender in wider society?