The gender wage gap and the space - An outcome oriented examination of gendered labour inequality

Authors: Julia Schinnenburg*, Department of Geography and the Environment
Topics: Feminist Geographies, Economic Geography, Cultural Geography
Keywords: gender wage gap, community health
Session Type: Virtual Poster
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Virtual 52
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Geographic research on the gender wage gap is one of feminist geography’s emerging fields of study. As geography employs many models produced by economists both the humanity’s and geography’s epistemologies are represented in this poster. While the representation is not exhaustive it lines out popular ways of understanding the issue in both academic fields. Geography’s examination is heavily influenced by three sub-fields of human geography: cultural, economic and transport geography, who apply the humanities’ findings and models in different ways to spatial contexts. The trio of perspectives offers explanations for the why of the where of the gender wage gap, mapping it around other human geographic patterns, suggesting that the phenomenon follows those with different amplitudes and qualities. Most of the geographic literature focusses on how existing spatial dynamics affect the gender wage gap, while there is little attention placed on how the wage gap shapes places itself. The author suggests that the latter could be accomplished through measuring community health indicators, such as physical and mental health and/or engagement of the local population with their place, before and after the implementation of anti-gender wage gap policies. Researching the consequences of the gender wage gap instead of focussing on its reasons might help to lobby for policy action that grapples with it from an outcome and material side, achieving noticeable impacts faster.
The poster is solely focussing on gendered income inequalities in urban areas. Nevertheless, acknowledging other forms of oppression, these can be discussed during the poster presentation.

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