A car distributor tweeted that women in South Africa take home more than a quarter less than their male counterparts. The statistic is mostly correct.
“Women earn 27% less than men,” the South African distributor of Korean car maker Hyundai recently tweeted.
Based on this disparity, Hyundai South Africa offered 100 South African women a R27,000 discount (about USD$2,000) on a new car.
A number of people questioned the statistic. “I wonder who’s this feminist who came up with this false info,” tweeted one person.
“This is a myth. We are paid equal for the same job, and it is illegal if this discrimination occurs,” offered another.
Is this statistic based on sound research? We set out to investigate.