In Social Studies 1211, an important topic of study is citizenship and activism around issues of social injustice. One such issue is the gender pay gap, a reality worldwide. In a nutshell, the term refers to phenomenon where women get paid less than men for equivalent work. The causes for it are complex and range from levels of education of men and women, to traditional gender roles, to power and privilege, to full blown discrimination. What’s odd, however, is that there are many who doubt its existence even though it directly influences of the lives of millions. The first step towards activism is awareness – if any change is to occur for the better, awareness must be raised about what the issues are.
John Green, author and YouTube success, has a video on just this issue. In it, he touches on what the gender pay gap is, how it is measured, and anwers the question Is the gender pay gap real? This is primarily from an American perspective, but the point is still just as relevant to us here in Canada. Absolutely worth a look.