No Surprise! Women DJs Are Paid 32% Less Than Men For The Same Job
The fight for equal pay continues as a new study highlights the disparity between men and women turntablists.
With Donald Drumpf threatening to make the poor more impoverished and the rich even richer — the fight for equal pay wages continues in a major way. Across the board in professions such as education and the creative gig, compensation wages still favor men (i.e. white males) over women. A new study suggests that women make 24 cents less than men per hour, while in other professions the disparity is much, much wider.
HoneyBook, the creative agency that released the study, writes that the creative industry at large pays women 32 percent less than men for the same job. More than 200,000 invoices were looked at from the past year, while more than 3,000 people were surveyed. The end result discovered that female musicians and DJs make 46 cents to the male dollar, female photographers make 60 cents to every man’s dollar and a significant number of people are still ignorant that a pay gap even exists.
“63 percent of people surveyed, responded ‘yes’ that men and women are paid equally,” HoneyBook co-founder Shadiah Sigala said. “In our research, we found a perception that the gender pay gap doesn’t exist in the creative economy; that’s just not true and in fact, the disparity is larger in the creative economy than other industries,” Sigala told Mass Appeal. “We wanted to shine a light on this issue and provide these entrepreneurs with information about the wage gap to affect change. This data didn’t exist previously, so it is important to call attention to it.”
Another alarming note is that 42 percent of men in creative careers make more than $50,000 per year, as compared to 20 percent of female creatives who earn that much. “The pay gap is systemic,” Sigala said. “Factors like charging too little, which reflects unavailable data about rates, contributes to venues paying women less.” With the hope that this HoneyBook data can change that and move it towards equality, empowering not just women in the creative industry, but across the board should be a priority by us all.
Source: Mass Appeal