There are certain points which when noticed imply how badly the gender gap affects the women and the people of the society. Also how the reduction of such gaps needs to take immediately owing to the fact that women make up nearly half of the population of the country and their contribution in the labour market and the economy should be at par to their population.
Non-Hispanic men are paid more than African American women who are working in Australia. When men are getting a pay of 100%, these women in turn get 64% irrespective of the sector they are working in.
When families are concerned, the mother of the family gets paid less than the father of the family. Statistics records claim that when father is earning about $56,999 for a job, mothers with the same skills and qualifications or even more earn only $40,000, which is like 70 cents for each dollar.
As far as the same-sex couples are concerned, women who are homosexuals still tend to earn less than the men who are homosexuals;$38,000 is the earning of a woman in a same sex relationship, and $ 47,000 is the earning of a man in the same sex relationship. In the same case, a man of heterosexuality earned $48,000 (Mullen, 2010).
One cannot leave out the fact that the women with disabilities are paid further less than the men with or without disabilities (yearly income).
In labour market, women are paid only 90% of what their male counterparts get, despite of having the same skills and qualifications.
The pension that the women get after retirement is also far less compared to the pension that the men get after retirement, despite of having the same kind of job and skills.
Most of the families where women are working, these families depend on the earning of the females for their survival. The pay gaps makes such families suffer.
When other families are taken into consideration, where both the men and women are working and the women’s earnings is still an important part because of the rising expenses. These families also suffer when such pay gaps exist (Zhuang, 2010).
With the statistics which have been seen and reported, it can clearly be seen that there exists a huge pay gap between the men and the women of Australia. There are evidences supporting such a statement. Furthermore, it is seen that families and society at large depend on the earnings of the women which makes it difficult for them to sustain their living because of such gaps. Thus, what can be suggested is that merely making the legislations, rules and regulations cannot solve the problem till the execution can take place in the right manner.