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14 April 2017

Does the gender pay gap prevent women from investing?

In a thinly disguised ad for the wealth management company, Moneyfarm, the company is pointing the finger at the gender pay gap as having a direct impact on women’s ability to invest in their future. Moneyfarm’s research shows that almost one in four women (24 per cent) say they do not have any disposable income in a typical month - versus just 14 per cent of men. 

But this isn’t just about the gender pay gap, it’s also about more women than men being low paid, about more women than men bearing the costs of childcare, and about the distribution of income within households.  Moneyfarm is right to want to encourage investment, and right to suggest that the gender pay gap has an impact on women’s ability to invest, but the fact that they don’t goes way beyond the male/female earnings’ divide to much broader societal issues. 

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