An excerpt: Is negative language holding women back at work?

This is an excerpt from an article I wrote for the Women’s Agenda website. It’s working title was: Language, attitude and pay issues all holding women back in the workplace. Women’s Agenda is the place where professional women go for news, style and advice through the filter of success. I thought I would post an excerpt of the article below but you can read the full article here.

Last year, The Financial Review published a study that highlighted gender gaps in earnings by country. According to the publication, “Countries in Asia have some of the worst gender pay gaps in the world and while Australia’s not the worst-performing western economy, New Zealand puts it to shame.”

Bloomberg (a privately held financial software, data and media company headquartered in New York City) pooled the data into a list of 36 countries, indicating the biggest pay gaps by gender. Australia, Canada and the USA performed badly, Australia coming in at number 17 with a gap of 16.4 per cent between what men and women earn for the same position.

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