A Good Reason to “Mind the Gap”

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A Good Reason to “Mind the Gap”

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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he did the same work as me, it’s not fair that she should get paid less!” a young boy exclaims, in a viral video from earlier this year. The boy was upset because his partner – a girl – had been given fewer candies than him, even though she contributed equally to the task of sorting the balls in a playroom by colour. The injustice is redressed when the boy takes candy from his disproportionately large reward and shares it with the girl, until they both have an equal number. Everyone goes home happy.

Unfortunately, in the grown-up world, addressing the glaring issue of the wage gap between men and women isn’t as simple as just redistributing candy. The wage gap is but one manifestation of a larger system of prevalent gender biases in the professional realm, which pose significant obstacles to women navigating the world of work. But sometimes, change can begin with a conversation. To this end, a panel discussion on #GenderAndTheJob, was held on Sunday June 3, at “Mind the Gap”, a day-long event at We Work, the co-working space in Mumbai’s Bandra-Kurla Complex. The event was organised by Generation Mixx and Dysco.

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