The Gender Pay Gap in France

Sophie ROBIN-OLIVIER, the-gender-pay-gap-in-france, cejec-wp, 2009/2

Equal wages for equal work has been one of the first requirements of the European Community « social policy ». Although measuring the gap remains uneasy, there is no doubt women continue to lag behind. The renewed pressure put on member states, in the Open Method of Coordination framework, has fostered recent initiatives to tackle this unsolved problem. This paper describes the French situation. It was presented, together with a series of other contributions examining the situation in other member states, at a conference organized in Barcelona by the Consell de Relacions Laborals de Catalunya. This comparative study aimed at identifying priorities in order to eliminate the gender pay gap.