People Power: Focus Question 3: How Have Women Addressed the Issue of Equal Pay for Equal Work?
Achieving equal pay for equal work has been an ongoing issue for women in industrialised society, including Australia. Ever since women entered the workforce they tend to have been paid less than men even when doing the same job. In the 1920s up until the 1950s this was largely due to the perception that men were the ‘breadwinners’, responsible for looking after the basic needs of their family. However, largely due to campaigns led by inspiring women, this perception has changed and women are now paid the same money for the same work. Their strategies have included campaigns to change public opinion and influence law-makers through public speaking, writing in the popular press, demonstrations, petitions and pleading their case in court.