Conrad Liveris

About Conrad Liveris

Conrad Liveris is a community advocate and operations analyst working in policy and business development with a focus on gender equality and intergenerational issues.

The simple math of economic gender inequality

Conrad Liveris does his own “exposing” about the reality behind gender inequality after reading a piece from the Huff Post claiming the gender equality wage gap “has been exposed”.


(To give you the lead in, here is the piece as published in the Huff PostWage Gap Myth Exposed – by Feminists by Christina Hoff Sommers)

The gender pay gap is an easy throwaway term to highlight systemic inequalities between men and women. It is increasingly under fire.

There’s an element of confusion. Every CEO recites the same line that they “pay women fairly”. This misunderstanding emanates from the fact that the gender pay gap is growing.


Earlier this year it was announced that the pay gap had widened to 18.2 percent, the widest since 1994.

It is almost incomprehensible. With more women working and studying, how can we have a growing gender inequality?

Unfortunately, it is true.

The ABS data does not lie.

In this vicious and economically frustrating concoction, there are four main things that prevent women from economic equality:

  1. Industrial segregation: Female dominated industries – like teaching and nursing – are typically undervalued and staff in those professions are paid less than, say, engineers.
  2. Lack of senior women: It can be frustrating to conclude, but there is a lack of women in senior roles in Australia. The worst part is that women in senior roles are paid less than their male colleagues. This conflates the challenges.
  3. The way pay is set: Women are prominently represented at the bottom of pay bands while men are higher up, so even if they’re “on the same pay level” discrete differences paint a different story.
  4. Gender discrimination: A bout 1/3 of the gender pay gap in unexplainable. Economists have concluded that women are underpaid simply for being women.

By throwing these together, gender equality is created and perpetuated in society.

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