The gender pay gap must go

Women are doing more, so why are they still earning less than men? It's time we demolish all forms of gender inequality

Pretty much all women in Singapore take certain things for granted: freedom of movement, the right to an education and a passport, and easy access to open a bank account and start a company. These are givens. Where we were born became a large part of our destiny.

But this is not enough. Women here also want gender equality and pay parity. At a Milken Institute Women Leaders' Summit in Singapore, I was reminded of how long we have pushed for this when a 20something woman asked the acclaimed, international panel: "For decades, we have been talking about women's empowerment without raising the bar in a significant manner. What more can we do?"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 20, 2019, with the headline 'The gender pay gap must go'. Print Edition | Subscribe