Women in Tamil Nadu are getting the short end of the stick.
Women in the state’s five-year-old education system earn on average $3.10 less per month than men, but their wages have barely budged in four years.
In contrast, in the same time period, the average monthly salary of men increased by $10.11 and the average salary of women by $1.38, a report by the National Commission for Women (NCW) said.
Its findings will be released in a report to the government on Tuesday.
A report by NCCW on women’s wage gap, which will be the third in three years, also showed that a significant number of women did not go to university, even as they were paid more than their male colleagues.
“We are concerned about the gender wage gap in Tamil society, especially in the education sector,” NCCS general secretary P. V. Subramanian told the news agency.
The report also found that in Tamil, only 14% of women in the workforce went to university in the previous three years.
Only 13% of the state government’s 3.3 million-person workforce went on to university.
In the three years to April this year, there were nearly 5,000 women in government and government-run colleges.
The government education department said it had no statistics for women in all government colleges, but that it was looking into the issue.
The NCCw report said women in rural and urban areas were disproportionately underpaid and the state had a shortage of skilled and skilled jobs.
The NCW’s data also showed an increase in women earning less than men in the public sector and in the private sector.
It also said that more than half of all women in Tamil have a child under the age of 5, and that more women than men had not gone to university for the last two years.