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Equal Pay For Women - The Gender Gap

Evening Edition

Aired 4/8/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Johanna Schiavoni, President-Elect, Lawyers Club of San Diego


Equal pay for an equal job still appears to be out of reach for many women in this country. The federal Equal Pay Act was signed in 1963 when women made 59 cents to every dollar a man made. It was set up to prevent wage discrimination between men and women who are equally skilled and doing the same job. Today, some 50 years later, a woman makes 77 cents for every dollar a man makes.

Tuesday, April 9th is Equal Pay Day. It marks the day a woman must work into 2013 to equal the pay a man made in 2012.

The Wage Project estimates on average, women earn $10,000 less per year than a man and that adds up over the lifetime. The organization reports the lifetime gap works out to be around $700,000 for a high school graduate, more than $1 million for a college graduate and about $2 million in lost wages for professional women graduates. This loss in wages also affects retirement and social security benefits.

Additional Resources

Equal Pay Act signed into law in 1963.

National Committee on Pay Equity website

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The Wage Project

US Department of Labor statement

AAUW Pay Equity ResourceKit

Equal Pay Day Leadership Luncheon


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Anon11 | April 8, 2013 at 4:20 p.m. ― 2 years, 6 months ago

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"A few more links on the issue:
The “pay gap” is probably the most widely-cited example of supposed disadvantages faced by women today. It is also totally misleading, as it is only a snapshot of average yearly full-time incomes that does not account for overtime (about 90% male), type of work, or other non-discriminatory, voluntary factors.
The Department of Labor recently funded a study that proved this and found the pay gap is caused by choices, not discrimination.
Women work (44/56)x100=78% as much time as men. Kind of explains the gap by itself doesn't it?
The Gender Pay Gap is a Complete Myth
Gender pay gap is not what activists claim
Equal pay statistics are bogus because they don’t compare like with like
Fair Pay Isn’t Always Equal Pay
The Wage Gap Myth
Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap
The pay inequality myth: Women are more equal than you think

Women Now a Majority in American Workplaces
Labor force participation rate for men has never been lower.
Share of Men in Labor Force at All-Time Low

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Anon11 | April 8, 2013 at 4:21 p.m. ― 2 years, 6 months ago

Men earn 52% LESS than women for part time jobs
How to get this graph yourself from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Women In Tech Make More Money And Land Better Jobs Than Men
Female U.S. corporate directors out-earn men: study
Female CEOs outearned men in 2009.
Women between ages 21 and 30 working full-time made 117% of men's wages.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, single women between 22 and 30 years old earn an average of $27,000 a year. That's 8% more than comparable men.
Workplace Salaries: At Last, Women on Top,8599,2015274,00.html
Young Women's Pay Exceeds Male Peers
The 15 Jobs Where Women Earn More Than Men
women aged between 22 and 29 earn over £10 per hour on average, compared to men their same age who earn just under this amount.
Young women now earn more than men in UK

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Anon11 | April 8, 2013 at 4:21 p.m. ― 2 years, 6 months ago

The only chairwoman in the FTSE 100 index of biggest British companies, when asked about government efforts to force companies to make at least 25% of board member to be female said: "there's no real evidence to suggest women being on a board makes the companies any better – what we're doing here is forcing an experiment."
This was further supported in the book “Why Men Earn More" by Warren Farrell, Ph.D., examined 25 career/life choices men and women make (hours, commute times, etc.) that lead to men earning more and women having more balanced lives, and that showed how men in surveys prioritize money while women prioritize flexibility, shorter hours, shorter commutes, less physical risk and other factors conducive to their choice to be primary parents, an option men still largely don’t have. That is why never-married childless women outearn their male counterparts, and female corporate directors now outearn their male counterparts.
Farrell also lists dozens of careers, including fields of science, where women outearn men. Women simply have more options than men to be primary parents, and many of them exercise that option rather than work long, stressful hours. That is why 57% of female graduates of Stanford and Harvard left the workforce within 15 years of entry into the workforce.
This is an option few men have (try being a single male and telling women on the first date that you want to stay home).
Blaming men for women’s choices is unfair. In fact research shows most men have no problem with their wives outearning them.
Research also shows most working dads would quit or take a pay cut to spend more time with kids if their spouses could support the family.
Research also shows that parents share workloads more when mothers allow men to be primary parents.
ABC News: “Is the Wage Gap Women’s Choice? Research Suggests Career Decisions, Not Sex Bias, Are at Root of Pay Disparity”
There is also the myth that women are kept out of certain more lucrative fields by sexism. The truth is that women stay away from math out of their own free choice
Women In Science: No Discrimination, Says Cornell Study
Let’s be real about the lack of women in tech";

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