Adwoa Yankee works a 9-5 job; she sometimes works overtime when she must meet deadlines.
The only uninterrupted time she gets with her kids is on the drives to drop them at school. She does not spend as much time with her husband as she would like.
She usually gets home physically and mentally exhausted because of all the time she spends inching through the thick traffic.
Whenever her mind wanders while she sits in traffic, it always lands on one thought, "I took this job to live a better life, but the job has become my life."
"I took this job to live a better life, but the job has become my life."
Now imagine you are Adwoa Yankee's husband, and the most time you get with her in a day is 4 hours at night while you both lie in bed waiting for sleep to wash over you. After work-over drinks with your boys, you find out that one of them in the same position as Adwoa Yankee, at the same organization, is making more than twice the amount your wife is making.
What is your reaction going to be?
You might be displeased or outraged, and these emotions would not be out of order.
In Ghana, women earn less than 30% of what men earn, making it one of just two nations in Sub-Saharan Africa to have such significant disparities.
This week we are standing in the gender pay gap as we discuss why this gap exists, especially in the informal sector, what society can do to bridge this gap and some economic benefits of gender pay equality.
Trying to identify the exact causes of gender wage disparities, in general, might be a shot in the dark; however, there are some common influences we see globally, including but not limited to: