Explained | Why Women Are Paid Less

Explained | Why Women Are Paid Less | FULL EPISODE | Netflix

Hillary Clinton and Anne-Marie Slaughter discuss the cultural norms at the center of the worldwide gender pay gap, including the “motherhood penalty.” Examples from several countries show how different programs attempting to close the pay gap have realized varying levels of success and how we can all learn from each other to create better policies and more balanced societal expectations for all genders.

Journal Prompts

  • In the “Explained” video, Hillary Clinton references not being able to apply for certain schools or scholarships because of her gender, reminding us that she grew up during a time when that was completely legal. What emotions or thoughts did you have when recognizing that explicit, systemically-supported gender discrimination did not end (at least within federal law) until 1964?
  • At the 8:24 mark of the “Explained” episode, the “motherhood penalty” and pay difference between women with children and those who do not have children is described. How did you feel when the claim of the gender pay gap being impacted by choices was made? What policies can your company put into place that can help close the ‘motherhood’ pay gap? What efforts do you currently make for parental leave?
  • In “Explained”, how does the situation in Rwanda remind you of things that have happened in America? How did Rwanda react differently to having more women available in the workforce?
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