Report finds working class women lag behind in terms of equal pay
With or without a university degree, men earn more than women. But working-class women have been left lagging disproportionately behind in the battle for equal pay, according to a new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).
The research found that women with degrees born in 1958 earn almost three times as much as women without degrees who were born in the same year – a difference of 198 per cent.
In comparison, men born in 1958 who don’t have degrees earn 45 per cent less than men with degrees.
Dalia Ben-Galim, associate director of the IPPR, said: ‘While feminism has delivered for some professional women, other women have been left behind. Many of the advances for women at the top have masked inequality at the bottom.
‘Gender still has a strong independent impact on women’s earnings prospects – but class, education and occupational backgrounds are stronger determinants of a woman’s progression and earnings prospects.’
The IPPR warned that focusing on women in professional jobs means that working-class woman are being excessively affected by gender pay-gaps, and therefore they argue that breaking down class stereotypes should be a priority.