March 08, 2017
Race bias compounds gender bias
If International Women's Day is a chance to highlight issues like the gender pay gap, an even bigger gap for Maori and Pasifika women shouldn't be overlooked.
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says when women are paid properly their kids do well and their families do well.
Latest research show women in general are paid 86 percent of wheat men get.
For wahine Maori the figure is closer to 75 percent, and for Pasifika women it's less than 70 percent.
"What this means is women are being kept in poverty, Maori women and Pacific women especially, because of sexism. The dominant reason for pay discrepancy is just bias and that's straight out sexism, the fact employers are not treating women and not considering their experience and their value the same as men," Ms Turei says.
The Greens have a bill going into the ballot that would require firms and government organisations to report on gender pay so people can know which are the best and worst performers.
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