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October 26, 2019


The Dark Avenger

There’s still a significant difference between what men and women earn in the workplace:

The gender gap in pay has narrowed since 1980, but it has remained relatively stable over the past 15 years or so. In 2018, women earned 85% of what men earned, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of median hourly earnings of both full- and part-time workers in the United States. Based on this estimate, it would take an extra 39 days of work for women to earn what men did in 2018.

By comparison, the Census Bureau found that, in 2017, full-time, year-round working women earned 80% of what their male counterparts earned.

The 2018 wage gap was somewhat smaller for adults ages 25 to 34 than for all workers 16 and older, our analysis found. Women ages 25 to 34 earned 89 cents for every dollar a man in the same age group earned.

Peter G

I doubt anyone disputes the disparity. However since quite a lot of this in professional careers or careers with progressive responsibilities and pay occurs because women elect to take time off to have and raise families. No one knows how to make them stop doing that. And no one knows how to make them come back if they don’t want to do that either. No one knows, for example, how to compensate a female academic for the papers they did not write while they were off raising their children. Some things are fixable and some are not.

The Dark Avenger

Lots of single and married women without kids these days. Your analysis is surprising facile.


Also, female-dominated professions are generally poorly paid. We all know that.

Realistically, if women take time out to bring up children they will fall behind in the workplace. It's unavoidable. If they choose to focus on a career then their uninterrupted work history should allow them to stay on a level with their male counterparts. Nevertheless, women continue to be the primary carers for children more often than not.

Peter G

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Peter G

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The Dark Avenger

The gender pay gap in the United States is the ratio of female-to-male median or average (depending on the source) yearly earnings among full-time, year-round workers.

The average woman's unadjusted annual salary has been cited as 78%[2] to 82%[3] of that of the average man's. However, after adjusting for choices made by male and female workers in college major, occupation, working hours and parental leave, multiple studies find that pay rates between men and women varied by 5–6.6% or, women earning 94 cents to every dollar earned by their male counterparts. The remaining 6% of the gap has been speculated to originate from other unmeasured differences, a greater value placed on non-wage benefits, gender discrimination and a difference in willingness and/or skills to negotiate salaries.[4][5][6]

The extent to which discrimination plays a role in explaining gender wage disparities is somewhat difficult to quantify, due to a number of potentially confounding variables. A 2010 research review by the majority staff of the United States Congress Joint Economic Committee reported that studies have consistently found unexplained pay differences even after controlling for measurable factors that are assumed to influence earnings – suggestive of unknown/unmeasurable contributing factors of which gender discrimination may be one.[7] Other studies have found direct evidence of discrimination – for example, more jobs went to women when the applicant's sex was unknown during the hiring process.[7]

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