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Darshit Shah, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
World number one Novak Djokovic’s recent statement has raised the question again- Are we being fair towards our female counterparts or are our actions a mere pompous show. Serbian player says male tennis players should earn more money than their female counterparts because more people watch them play. This statement from someone of the stature of Djokovic shows the general disparity towards women by their male counterparts.
Though today we see women working in each and every field and performing all sorts of roles from being a CEO of a company, to being involved in various sports, armed forces, President, Scientist to just name a few, yet the gender diversity ratio is skewed. Also, the society has stereotyped the roles for men and women alike. Very few women are able to break these shackles and rise above. Those women competing in this predominantly male world, the discrimination exist at each step. One such being the gender pay gap.
As per a survey conducted in 2014, the gender pay gap in India is 24%. The gender pay gap is influenced by a number of interrelated works, family and societal factors, including stereotypes about the work women and men should do. Though the Indian government has passed various laws to ensure no prevalence of gender pay gap and equal workplace treatment, the question still looms large how far is our society ready to give women the right and respect they deserve.