Gender Inequality in 2015? Sadly, Yes.

It is sad to report that in 2015 women are not equal to men, at least in fair wages. A topic that has been discussed for far too long, inequality in the workforce remains a prevalent issue. On April 14, 2015, “Equal Pay Day” occurred. This makes the how far in the following calendar year a women would have to work to earn the same pay of her male counterpart if he was in the same business position. According to the Economic Policy Institute, in 2013 a woman working full-time, full year was paid only 78.3% of what a man working full-time, full-year earned.

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Now one might make the argument that education plays a role, but that is not the case. The figure below shows the gender wage gaps at several levels of educational attainment. Even if a woman is educated enough to possess an advanced degree, there remains discrepancy. At that level, women make only seventy-four percent of men’s hourly wages.


Although strides have been made for women in the workforce, there is still a long way to go. The Equal Pay Act was a big step in 1963, but that was over half a century ago, there is still need to address this subject. Firms as a whole must end their discriminatory practices that cause this terrible gender inequality. Wage gaps between men and women are one more way that the rules of the American labor market short changes too many working families.

 

–Pat Burpee

http://www.epi.org/blog/equal-pay-day-minding-the-gender-wage-gap/

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4 thoughts on “Gender Inequality in 2015? Sadly, Yes.

  1. ddowen17

    It is interesting to read that men on average have a higher wage than women at every level of education. Though this is clearly a problem of inequality in our workforce, is there even anything reasonable that can be done to fix this? Could productivity play a role where men are on average more productive than women at these levels of education? If women started to get a forced increase in pay by some means, I believe this could decrease the incentives of male workers to perform at their maximum rate of productivity. I do not think that there is a good way to handle this problem as of now, and we should just let time run its course.

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  2. nmlori16

    Also, women tend to gravitate to less-skilled jobs, (for example secretaries where women make over 90% of the workforce) which sees a much lower gap for wages. As education and skill per job rises, you see the gap between men and women grow. For a women with an advanced degree, she will receive a significantly lower salary than her male counterpart. Unfortunately, like the comment above states, there are not many good ways to handle these discrepancies and time will tell if wages will every naturally adjust.

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  3. krraym16

    For labor jobs this may be a bit of an issue, however, many high paying jobs require knowledge and thinkers as oppose to physical labor. From a mental aspect, Women present the ability to think and act just as productively as men. The problem with allowing Women to take on more important roles is that it attacks the masculinity of males socially. Working for a woman doesn’t help the ideal image of a male which may cause one to work less than their full potential. Its a sticky situation that’s going to have to change socially before it can make an economic impact.

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  4. Victor Matheson

    Nice post and good comments. One question that could be raised is whether women tend to gravitate towards low paying jobs or whether those jobs tend to be low paid because they are dominated by women.

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