Women are paid less in Germany, even in comparable jobs. Some companies are trying to change this – also because they are under increasing pressure.
By Felicitas Wilke
Henrike von Platen examines an Excel spreadsheet containing hundreds of data from fictitious people. Numbers are noted there that identify individuals anonymously, as well as their gender, qualifications, position and salary. Along with a colleague, she downloads the dataset into the software, waits a few seconds, and sees a series of graphics appear on the screen. The red dots represent women, the blue dots represent men: a program that aims to eliminate the gender pay gap, the pay gap between men and women, cannot do without stereotypes.