Men are paid more than women all over the world. In Brazil, women are grossly underpaid that when you do the math, they pretty much work for free after October to the end of the year. The discrimination between men and women in the workplace is extensively cruel in Brazil. Another way to evaluate it would be that women can take the rest of the year off from October if they are only paid for the year, what their male counterparts make in 9 months. While time off from October is not an option, women continue to slave away for free in a highly gender-based discriminant country.
It does not matter the type of trade the woman engages in; she gets paid lesser than a man. The scene is very unfair and wrong on so many levels. This is one of the causes of the depreciating Brazilian economy. Political leaders are urged by women’s organizations in Brazil to demand that women get paid just as much as the men. One of the reasons women are paid lesser is because men only hold the high paying jobs.
Even though Brazilian women are more in attendance than men in colleges, when it comes to their actual career, women climb slower. At one point, there is no growth potential for women in any industry. Education and literacy is not a deciding factor for the higher paying jobs in Brazil. It is the gender which is given priority. A sad state of affairs indeed. Women who have a higher education degree are given 36% lesser than men with the same qualification.
The discrimination is very subtle in its approach that most often it cannot be identified. Therefore, women who want to fight against any discrimination find it very hard to prove that their male counterpart was preferred purely based on gender. When women are paid lesser, the businesses are subject to actions by the law; however, when it is difficult to pinpoint the situation correctly, it is difficult. Companies have a series of explanations and clauses that work against women when they want to approach legal help for their pay or position.
The financial sector in Brazil employs more women and see benefits with their different line of thinking. When a company does well because of equal gender preferences, the economy picks up accordingly. When companies don’t want women to be given the same rights as men, they are opening themselves to possible lawsuits that are just bad business. Research shows that countries that don’t promote equality in the workplace have slower economic growth than others.
As a new government and party take over the Congress, steps are being taken to promote equality for women in the workplace. Women should be able to get their fair share of wages and the promotions that they are promised. The country will greatly benefit if the changes and laws are implemented to promote women professionals in the workplace. Perhaps taking a leaf out of ex-US president Obama’s Equal Pay Pledge might make a difference.