Education Inequality causes the Employment/Wage Gap between Genders

Have you always had a right to education which set you up for employment opportunities?
That’s not the case in many countries, especially for women in those countries.


The wage gap between genders, began in the early 1900’s as women were banned from working certain jobs (Rea, 2016). But even now, to this day, after such rules like this have now changed. Women are still being restricted from of employment in a decent job as they are still being deprived of education, in certain regions of the world, which have caused them to resort to jobs that pay less (Rea, 2016).

The recognitive justice that arises from hierarchical ways in which cultural value is accorded to individuals and groups (Week 5 Lecture, 2019), such as gender is still evident in today’s broader society through gender inequality. Gender gaps in education contribute to the gender gaps within employment. This considerably reduces the economic growth of the country, whilst hindering the disadvantaged to live an equal life.

The combined “costs” of education and employment gaps in the Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia amount respectively to 0.9–1.7 and 0.1–1.6 percentage point differences in growth compared to East Asia (Klasen, et al. 2009, pp. 110). These gender gaps in education affect female employment in countries such as the middle east, North Africa and South Asia, leading to an increasing effect on economic growth.unesco-released-eatlas-of-gender-inequality-in-educationSource:

In the next blog post I will be focusing and elaborating more on why this is still a social justice issue in today’s society. An issue that should have been dealt with, and many are not aware that it hasn’t been dealt with, many years ago. It is appalling that we are still facing gender inequalities as a whole, but still to this day women are still treated like they do not deserve the right to be paid equally, with no real reason at all.


Keevers. L, Week 5 lecture, “Social Just Approaches”, University of Wollongong, viewed April 2019

Klasen. S, & Lamanna. F, 2009, “The impact of gender Inequality in Education and Employment on Economic Growth: New Evidence for a Panel of Countries”, ‘Feminist Economics’, Vol. 15, Issue 3: Inequality, Development, and Growth, pp. 91-132Fraser,

Fraser. N, & Honneth, A. (2003). Redistribution or Recognition? A political- philosophical exchange. London: Verso

Rea. I, 2016, “Filling in the (pay) Gap”, ‘The Eagle Eye The student news site of Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California’ accessed April 2nd, 2019




2 thoughts on “Education Inequality causes the Employment/Wage Gap between Genders

  1. The focus on education playing a big role in how the gender pay gap has evolved is a point I haven’t deeply thought about. Although I do agree that there should be more of a push for equal education between genders from a young age to limit discrimination in the workplace. The image you have included in the post is also quite informative and has strong links to the article.


    1. Thank you for your feedback. Yes it is a concerning issue that is not considered large enough to some, even though it is not only affecting global economy, which affects everyone but also the amount of women around the world who are without education and employment is heartbreaking. Be on the lookout for further explanation on this issue.


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