On September 18, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act to abolish gender-based wage disparity. Today, almost 40 years later, only 1% of the world’s 250 largest fashion companies publish data on gender violations committed at their suppliers’ facilities. This indicates that equal pay remains a problem to be tackled in the fashion industry, as many women, particularly garment workers and women of color, are not seeing their rights being respected.
That’s why today, on International Equal Pay Day, it is essential to be conscious of this issue and to be aware of the many improvements that still need to be made in the fashion industry around the world.
There are approximately 40 to 60 million garment workers in the world today. The majority of these workers are women.
Sadly, it is well known that garment workers do not receive living wages and are victims of countless human rights violations, such as hazardous working conditions.
Women often face gender-based violence to survive and feed their families because factories deny their right to maternity leave or childcare.
According to a 2019 report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the average gross gender wage gap is about 18%.
Men tend to work in higher-paid positions throughout the fashion supply chain as general managers or supervisors. Disparities and inequalities of such are also present in other areas across the fashion industry. Women represent more than 70% of the total workforce in the industry but hold less than 25% of leadership positions in top fashion companies.
Despite all the challenges women face in garment factories, many raise their voices, demanding better conditions to empower other women.
As a female-founded company, you will find different brands at OASEAS, created by female talents. (read this blog to find out which ones). We assure you that all our brands must ensure fair working conditions, including a liveable wage, regular working hours, health and safety, and no child labor. Join us in our mission to empower women by celebrating this day properly and treating yourself to something special! Remember that buying sustainably encompasses the environment AND involves respecting the people manufacturing your garments.