Just how big is the gender pay gap?

A unique experiment sending out job applicants to interview as two different genders has revealed some harsh truths.

Are we living in a world of equal opportunities and equal pay? Not even close, says German non-profit women's rights organisation Terre Des Femmes.

With their worldwide unique experiment starring three trans job applicants - applying once as women and once as men – the organisation aims to prove a point.

It found that women do, in fact, earn up to 33% less for the same job. This is an indecently stark difference that surpasses even the latest statistical evaluations which put it up to 21% in Germany.

In any case, only very few actually believe these 21% anyway: "critics complain, among other things, that these statistics refer to fundamentally different people with different qualifications," explains Christa Stolle, Managing Director of Terre Des Femmes.

"That's why, the core of our Gender Pay Gap Experiment, involves sending trans people to reveal the pay gap where it begins: at the job interview" And thus, we can provide the ultimate proof.

Presenting once as a man and once as a woman, three trans people undertake different job interviews within the fields of project management, pharmaceutical / technical assistant and in the fashion sector – with the same CVs, qualifications and fundamental personalities.

None of the three are actors, but are authentic in their presentation of themselves as both genders. Iris P., who presents as a woman in public and as a man with their family, introduced themselves once as Dirk and once as Iris in the job interviews. Oliver Z., who presents as a man in everyday life, but also feels comfortable as a woman, introduced themselves once as Olivia and once as Michael. And Leni W., who is used to living both gender roles in everyday life introduced themselves as Anna-Lena and Leo.

The result: One person, two salaries

Hidden cameras captured how interviewers treated the women in their interviews differently - especially when it came to salary negotiations. Men were offered bonuses that were not even mentioned to women.

"The gender pay gap experiment exposes the political efforts taken in the interests of gender equality in recent years. It shows that women are still a long way from being treated equally. Politicians must finally act and promote the effective implementation of equal rights and pin them down by law."

Stolle adds: "Every company in the world should, in its own interest, contribute to the implementation of equal rights, especially in job interviews which is where the unequal treatment begins."

Find our more and watch the video on: http://frauenrechte.de/paygap-experiment/

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