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The Disparity In The Tourism Industry Between Genders

Think an industry mostly dominated by women would be most suited and benefiting to the gender? Think again. Like many industries. the tourism industry is very familiar with the wage gap. Which is a shame, as females make up a large portion of the employment in the industry.

 

Research conducted by Swinburne University, showed that women are earning 8.5 percent less than men in the tourism industry, and 7.5 percent less in the hospitality industry. This study took in account factors
such as education, years worked, marital status, number of children, and place of birth. Even when comparing similar factors between the genders, women still came up short against the male wage. Given that the Australian tourism industry employed over 580,000 people in 2016 (the year this study took place), and generated approximately $47.5 billion to the national economy in the 2014/2015 financial year, why are wages for women lacking so behind still?

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This is further proof that the amount of women directly or indirectly employed in an industry is not to say that industry will look after their best interests. That same year, Australia was ranked 42nd in the world for wage equality. Again in 2016, in the same report, it was ranked #1 in educational attainment among women.

 

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Microagressions are the subtle things that people say or do that make others feel discriminated against or excluded because of aspects of their identity. In many cases microaggressions are entrenched in our culture and society and often sneak into our minds and out our mouths without us being completely aware. Learn more about microagressions here: http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/01/responses-to-sexist-microaggressions . . [Image description: A series of 6 images. The first is a greyscale illustration of a two women at a protest. The older white woman holds a sign reading: "End the wage gap". She is saying: "Women only earn 70 cents to every dollar a man makes!". The second image is text which reads: "Different forms of discrimination and disadvantage intersect in different ways to produce distinct vulnerabilities to experiencing violence". The third image is a colour illustration of same scene where the second woman says to the first: "Yes, but that's just for white women. Women of colour make even less". The first woman replies: "I didn't know that, I'll try harder to learn about how different people experience sexism". The fourth image is text which reads: "When we actively listen, 'check our privilege', and don't minimise or dismiss what others say or feel, we have an opportunity to work towards a more equal society". The fifth image is text which reads: "People experience discrimination and sexism in different ways". Underneath reads: "Our identities are made up of multiple characteristics. Different forms of systemic social, political and economic discrimination and disadvantage influence and intersect with gender inequality. It's important to listen to each other and try to actively understand how people experience different forms of discrimination based on their race, gender, Aboriginality, sexuality, ability, socio-economic status or other characteristic. Only then can we work towards a society where everyone's needs are understood, respected and attended to". The final image is The Equality Institute's logo.]

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Women can, and do, educate themselves for jobs, but the results seem futile. This reflects in other industries, which proves what women have being saying for years; it is the attitudes of others that are needed to bring change, and not the women themselves.

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