In the 21st century, it is still evident that men and women are not paid equally even when the same job is performed. Motherhood seems to be the key reason that this gap persists. Even when mothers choose to maintain their careers after childbirth, the inherent bias due to social perception remains: mothers will prioritise their family over their work.
So how do we combat this bias?
One possible method is by introducing intelligent work arrangements such as work-life balance policies in the workforce. This doesn’t necessarily mean less work hours, but rather more flexibility in terms of how and where the hours are worked.
Flexible working patterns allow parents to balance work and family life. Remote working can also save commuting time, which can be used for childcare purposes. If companies can promote the culture of making jobs flexible, it will help to remove the stigma regarding mothers. Flexible working hours allow both fathers and mothers to shape their jobs around their family demands, without worrying about the repercussions.
This may even help change the mainstream work culture, where work is not defined by hours spent at work, but rather by the actual contributions made. This will not only boost the overall morale of employees, but possibly allow for a better balance of responsibilities within families, therefore supporting gender equality.
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