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While the gender pay gap is not necessarily news to us, it's interesting (and saddening) to see how unequal pay affects our funds over longer periods of time.

New research from the UK has found that women will earn about a quarter of a million euro less than men over the course of a lifetime.

Unfortunately, the pay gap begins right when young women enter the workforce.

Young women aged 22 to 29 are paid an average of £1,500 (€1,700) less than their male peers each year, BreakingNews.ie reports.

The study found that the pay gap widens to an astonishing £7,600 (€8,600) a year when women and men reach their 50s.

The Young Women's Trust in the UK, who compiled the data, estimates that this means women are paid £223,000 (€254,500) less than men over a lifetime.

This vast financial difference can often be attributed to fewer women being in senior roles, gender-based discrimination, and the caring responsibilities that women are often expected to shoulder.

Dr Carole Easton, Young Women's Trust's chief executive, commented on the results, saying:

'We know that many young women are struggling to make ends meet because they are more likely to be on low pay. Discrimination and unequal caring arrangements still prevent them progressing at work and reaching higher salary bands.'

'We need to help more women into male-dominated sectors and into senior positions. Helping parents share childcare more equally and supporting women back into the workforce after taking time out through flexible working opportunities would make a big difference, too.'

She added, 'Where companies find they have a gap, there should be a requirement to put in place a plan to close it. Without action, today's young women face a lifetime of unequal pay.

We seriously hope this discriminatory practice ends so that we and women in generations to come don't find ourselves at a financial disadvantage.

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Last month, Greys Anatomy veteran Ellen Pompeo revealed that she had secured over half a million dollars per episode of the iconic medical drama show. 

Now, the actress has spoken to Jimmy Kimmel about how she feels that women are socially influenced not to be difficult and fight for higher salaries. 

Pompeo feels that women need to step up and make sure that they ask for the salary they feel they deserve in order to be equal. 

 

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'As women, you know, it’s not only about what’s done to us or what’s not given to us, it’s what don’t we ask for,' she said,' on The Jimmy Kimmel Show.

'How much of it is isn’t given to us or is it that we don’t ask?'

'And I think that as much as we can point the finger at other people, and say, ‘You don’t give us’ or You don’t treat us fairly,’ we also have to point the finger at ourselves and say, ‘Did we ask?'

 

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'Did we step up and have the gumption to ask for what a man would?' We have to own our part of it and sometimes we’re too shy.'

'We’re too afraid to be seen as difficult… to really speak our mind,' she finished.

Asking for your worth in a financial negotiation can be difficult, but Ellen believes it is necessary to close the gap between men and women's salaries. 

 

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The gender pay gap is an issue that, by now, should be in the past, but it's still a reality for many Irish women. 

A submission from the Irish Women's Council of Ireland found that on average, childless women earn 17 per cent less than men, while working mothers earn 14 per cent less than their male counterparts. 

Now, the Government is to host a meeting on the gender pay gap in Dublin.

The symposium is set to happen on Wednesday next week. 

According to RTE, the meeting will see senior policymakers, business representatives, trades unions and academics come together to debate the issue. 

In the National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020, the Government made a commitment to report the results of to intends to publish the results of such surveys, to get a clear picture of the wage gap landscape in this country. 

'A series of measures are proposed to address the gender pay gap,' reads the National Strategy for Women and Girls.

'These will include the introduction of wage surveys to be undertaken by companies with more than 50 employees and the development of practical tools to enable companies to calculate and to address the gender pay gap'

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E! News is many people's go-to entertainment show, and hosts Catt and Jason give the audience their all everyday on the gossip segment. 

Catt Sadler has now left the show and the network due to the unfair gender wage gap between herself and her colleague. 

'There was a massive disparity in pay between my similarly situated male co-host and myself,' she explained on her website

 

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'More recently, when E reached out to renew and extend my deal, I learned that he wasn't just making a little more than I was.' 

'In fact, he was making close to double my salary for the past several years.'

The presenter said that she would have loved to continue her role at E!, but she felt obligated not to let this issue go unmentioned. 

 

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'Leaving E was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made, but your messages and heartfelt comments are comforting and affirm for me that I made the right decision,' she told her fans via Instagram.

'So many of you have similar stories, similar struggles, legitimate frustrations and I want you to know I hear you and feel for you. As a result, I have a renewed sense of purpose and genuine passion to right the wrongs.'

Catt requested that her fans do not blame her co-host Jason Kennedy for the network's pay decisions. 

'We are stronger together and I feel your strength at my core. If I had one ask, it is to please not place blame on my friend Jason Kennedy.'

'He has done right by me in every respect. It hurts me deeply to see that some are vilifying him.'

'I repeat, his hands are tied on this matter and if you’re angry – rightfully so – direct that emotion at the decision makers who failed us, not him.'

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Last month, The Sunday Independent revealed that RTÉ news presenter Sharon Ní Bheoláin earns €60,000 – €80,000 less than her male co-anchor Bryan Dobson.

This led to a major debate about the gender pay gap in Ireland.

RTÉ published a list of its highest earning presenters, of which only three were women. 

Ryan Tubridy, the highest earning presenter and number one on the list, has weighed in on the issue:

'In every field of life, whether it’s the workplace, home, finance, that gap has to be closed,' he said, according to The Irish Times

'Whatever is broken, needs to be fixed. There’s no question for me and it’s very obvious, there shouldn't be a disparity.'

'I’ve got two daughters, two sisters and a mother that I love.'

'My feeling would be that on anything to do with gender and disparity and any gap, in that regard, needs to be closed. It’s as simple as that.'

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The gender pay gap is one of the very last frontiers to expose in Ireland to create true equality between the sexes. 

A submission from the Irish Women's Council of Ireland found that on average, childless women earn 17 per cent less than men, while working mothers earn 14 per cent less than their male counterparts. 

The Irish Government intends to introduce gender pay gap wage surveys for companies with 50 or more employees.

In the National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020, the Government made a commitment to report the results of to intends to publish the results of such surveys, to get a clear picture of the wage gap landscape in this country. 

'A series of measures are proposed to address the gender pay gap,' reads the National Strategy for Women and Girls.

'These will include the introduction of wage surveys to be undertaken by companies with more than 50 employees and the development of practical tools to enable companies to calculate and to address the gender pay gap'

The IMPACT Trade Union has been working tirelessly to amplify awareness of the pay gap in Ireland, and previously developed a highly intuitive #ClockedOut campaign to address the 71 minutes per day that women are essentially working for free compared to their male counterparts. 

'It’s great to see that the new National Women’s Strategy has committed to the principle of gender pay gap reporting,' said IMPACT spokesperson Lughan Deane

'This is a major breakthrough in the campaign for gender pay equality in Ireland. IMPACT is proud to have played a role in that campaign.'

A Labour Party gender pay gap reporting Bill will be introduced in the Senate later this month.

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People can be a little shy when it come to talking about their salaries, but with unions fighting the gender pay gap and more millennials in the workforce than ever before, it's a pretty important topic. 

A submission from the Irish Women's Council of Ireland found that on average, childless women earn 17 per cent less than men, while working mothers earn 14 per cent less than their male counterparts, but in one industry, women are the higher earners.  

A new report by Influencer found that female social media influencers are earning substantially more than men, completely flipping the gender pay gap. 

 

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A woman with 100,000 followers can earn up to €50,000 from posting two sponsored posts a week, while her male counterpart would earn approximately €37,000 for the same work. 

This means that in the world of influencers, men earn about 26 per cent less than women in the same field. 

According to the report, there are a few reasons for this.

 

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The researchers believe that this increase comes from the genres of interest that are popular online. Im som,e of these genres, women are the most prominent players.

‘Female influencers are commanding higher fees than their male counterparts, flipping the traditional pay gap on its head,' said Ben Jeffries, the 21-year-old founder of Influencer. 

'Perhaps this is due to the exponential rise of fashion and fitness collaborations on social media, where female influencers are very prominent.’

 

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Fashion and fitness social media profiles are among the most popular, with the likes of Chiara Ferragni, Zoella, and Suzanne Jackson leading the pack. 

With influencing now being a viable way for people to earn their full-time income, the fact that influential social media posts can now fetch such high sums is astounding. 

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