“Equal Pay for Equal Work”

Devika Bhattacharjya

Women have always been the backbone of the family, now they support their families financially too. Women of today have more opportunities like jobs and basic rights. However while women are equal to men in every imaginable way then why is their pay not equal to  that  of men? Why do women make 83 cents for every dollar a man makes within the same profession? 

Before 1941 women were not legally allowed to work until The National Service Act. In the beginning women were hired in the workforce to help the war efforts from 1939. When the war was over ‘feminine jobs’ such as teachers, secretaries, nurses, caretakers known as easy jobs were the ones offered to women. Even though women have long been considered as the weaker gender both in  physical strength and intelligence, they have come a long way to expand their fields of work and their knowledge, but the system still keeps treating them less than men. 

In the profession of tennis, Novak Djokovic, ranked seventh in mens singles, has been advocating that women should not have equal pay as men. In an interview with Bleacher Report, Djokovic claimed, “I think that our men’s tennis world, ATP world, should fight for more because the stats are showing that we have much more spectators on the men’s tennis matches. I think that’s one of the reasons why maybe we should get awarded more” Mens tennis has more coverage in the media than womens because women do not get attention from the press. When they do, it is more about their personal character rather than their ability to work.  

However if you look at Serena Williams, one of the best women’s tennis players,  and Djokovic’s accomplishments, Serena holds 23 major Grand Slam titles while Djokovic holds 21 major Grand Slam titles. Meaning she has won more championships in Australia, France, Britain’s Wimbledon, and the United States than Djokovic. Serena Williams makes $94,606,355 from the WTA Tour.  Djokovic makes $158,996,253 from the ATP Tour. Serena adds,“If I have a daughter who plays tennis and also have a son that plays tennis, I wouldn’t say that my son deserves more because he is a man. If they both started at three years old I would say they both deserve the same amount of money”  This quote shows that is two players of the opposite sex have the same experiance in training, then they souldn’t be discriminated against. 

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has a 71 game home unbeaten streak, including 64 wins and 7 draws. Whereas the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team has a 12 game winning streak, which was lost in September of 2013 when they lost to Costa Rica. The women’s team is better than the mens team but still make less money even if they win the game.In an article from PBS, “American women received a $110,000 bonus for winning the 2019 World Cup; the U.S. men would have received $407,000 had they won in 2018.” Even though the women’s team had won, they  received a smaller bonus than the men’s team. This seems unfair because the women’s team has won way more matches than the mens. Pay shouldn not be dependent on the number of viewers or gender, but on the caliber of the athlete.

 This is not only seen in the field of sports but in all jobs across the board. Women are paid 83 cents for every dollar a man makes. Every year there is an equal pay day on a Tuesday in March or April, where the amount of women’s earnings will be equal to a man’s earnings the year before. In 2022 it was March 15, meaning that women have to work around 15 months to match a man’s annual earnings. This needs to change soon because as women work harder every day, they should at least get paid what they’re due.

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