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Stereotyping in schools to blame for continuing gender pay gap

THE GOVERNMENT&rsquo;S failure to tackle gender stereotypes in schools is partly to blame for women still being being paid almost 23 per cent less than men, a report said yesterday.<br /><br />According to The Women and Work Commission (WWC) &ndash; which was set up in 2004 to investigate how the gender pay gap can be closed &ndash; it has widened to 22.6 per cent, from 21.9 per cent in 2007 despite &ldquo;monumental changes in women&rsquo;s position in the workplace with the employment rate for women now almost 70 per cent.&rdquo; The full-time gender pay gap, which stood at 12.5 per cent in 2007, is now 12.8 per cent, the report added.<br /><br />The WWC called for a strategy to tackle stereotyping in careers advice, as women are still being pushed towards more &ldquo;traditional&rdquo; jobs.