Robyn Edwards
3 minute read
27 Jun 2022
6:30 am

Gender pay gap: Poverty has a name – it is ‘Woman’

Robyn Edwards

Women earn about 35% less than men for doing work of equal value, yet nearly 38% of households are dependent on the income of women.

'We need to start teaching our young girls the difference between an exchange-traded fund and a unit trust, as well as the value of compound interest', writes Robyn Edwards. Photo: iStock

Statistics SA announced that inflation has moved to a five-year high – this cannot bode well for female-headed households that are already vulnerable. Food inflation has gone up to almost 8% and is anticipated to increase further. Gender pay gap in SA Female-headed households Based on data from Statista.com, 41.8% of households in South Africa were female-headed in 2019, with Eastern Cape and Limpopo having the highest numbers. According to the Federation of Unions in SA, women earn about 35% less than men for doing work of equal value, yet nearly 38% of households are dependent on the income of...