Women and Finances, the Gender Bias

When it comes to women and finances it seems that even today there is a gender bias. Why is this? It could be contributed to many reasons. Women are starting to take a more active role in their family’s finances; however there are still issues when it comes to handling money that almost seems to be in our genes.

Most everyone has known for decades now that women earn less than men do. While the gap in pay between men and women is decreasing, it is still causing other problems for women today. Because women make less money, they earn lower social security benefits later in life than men do. This does not seem to be fair, both men and women work, but the gender bias keeps women from making the same amount of money that men make.

When it comes to caregiver tasks such as taking care of children or elderly parents, women take most of the responsibility. This does take away time that could otherwise be devoted to work. This is another reason that women make less than men, they have to take more time off to be a caregiver. Men leave this to women, so they work and earn money and social security benefits, while women are off being a caregiver and not earning any money doing it.

There are certain careers that women choose more than men do. These tend to be the careers that have been more for women for decades. Such careers would be a caregiver or teacher. For decades these have been viewed as more of a woman’s job. Tradition and culture affect the things that we do, and it has been a tradition in most of our cultures that women do things such as teach and care for others.

Of course there are women who are going to break this trend and follow another career path. It does seem however that it will take some time before women and men are seen as equals in the financial world. Even if a woman gets a degree and does a job that is usually done by a man such as being an engineer, she will earn less than her male coworkers. While this does not seem fair, it is changing, slowly. It may be more than a decade or two before women earn the same amount that men earn. The main thing is that we are on our way to closing the gender gap on earnings and getting rid of gender bias in the workplace.

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