POLL: Are you surprised Rockhampton gender wage gap at 70%?
AUSTRALIA'S gender wage gap remains because the nation is clinging to outdated gender dynamics.
With Australia's gap last year reaching 18.8%, the highest on record, and Rockhampton's sitting on a ridiculous 70%, we can no longer afford to ignore one of the biggest roadblocks to equality in our nation.
Are you surprised Rockhampton's gender wage gap is at 70%?
This poll ended on 29 May 2015.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Quite simply, the gender wage gap is costing us, both socially and economically.
Back in 2009 when the gap was sitting at 17%, eliminating the pay gap was estimated to generate an additional $93 million into the nation's economy.
While the problem is rich in complexity and causation, ultimately it can be traced back to one defining factor.
Women's roles remain stereotypically defined and undervalued.
While women are enrolled at a higher rate than men in universities across the country, enrolment in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) courses, renowned for their high-income potential, remains marginal because these are seen as stereotypically male fields.
Female-dominated services, particularly those surrounding care, are seen as biologically "built-in" to feminine gender roles and are not appropriately valued in the workforce.
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And this doesn't even take into account the gender bias held by individuals in companies, or the disparaging "missing women" in leadership positions.
Until both society and industry does away with the masculine model for leadership, ideals of "appropriate" roles for men and women and beings to take conscious steps to ensure half of our workforce is appropriately financially recognised, the nation will continue to fall behind.