What Happens When Little Girls Get Less Allowance Than Boys

March 15th 2016

Laura Donovan

A new video shows girls in Australia reacting to receiving less money for doing the same chores as their male counterparts.

The clip, which was made by the bank institution ANZ Australia, is meant to illustrate the gender pay gap to young kids. Though the video focuses on children in Australia, which has a gender pay gap close to 20 percent, the gender pay gap is very much a problem in the U.S. as well. A frequently cited statistic reveals that women in the U.S. earn around 77 cents on the man's dollar.

The clip starts with boys and girls doing chores together:

After the kids finish doing chores, the girls are floored to learn that the boys receive higher allowances than they do for the same chores:

When asked further about the pay gap, the girls and one boy say it's unfair.

One girl explains to the blond boy who celebrated getting more money that the pay gap is unfair:

Another boy, however, vows to "make a change" when he's older if he remembers this experience as an adult:

There's a bigger issue facing women everywhere.

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The ANZ Australia video represents a larger issue facing women across the world. As ATTN: has noted before, the pay gap in the U.S. impacts women of all backgrounds and in all industries. Even Jennifer Lawrence, the highest paid actress in Hollywood, was famously paid less than her "American Hustle" male co-stars, a fact that was revealed to the public after the 2014 Sony hack.

A 2014 report by the Institute for Women's Policy Research found that it will take another 43 years for the wage disparity between genders to disappear. Though the IWPR found that the pay gap has gotten smaller since the 1960s, it will still take several decades for women today to see full pay equality. This is also only true for progressive states. While California is expected to have full pay equality by 2042, Wyoming women will have to wait until 2159 for the same thing.

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"Despite progress in many parts of the country, women’s status on employment and earnings either worsened or stalled in nearly half of the states in the last decade,” IWPR president Heidi Hartmann said in a statement last year. “When half the country is not seeing any gains in women’s employment and earnings, it is a concerning prospect for the nation’s economy as a whole.”

You can watch the full video from ANZ Australia:

ANZ #Equalfuture

Imagine how your daughter would feel if she was given less pocket money than your son? To mark International Women's Day today and it’s theme of pay parity, we asked kids how they would feel. Watch their response and let’s change things for a more #equalfuture

Posted by ANZ Australia on Monday, March 7, 2016

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