Seeing red. Finally!

Happy Equal Pay Day, ladies! Today's the date that women finally have earned as much as men earned by Dec. 31 of the previous year. AAUW Educational Foundation research recently found that just one year after college graduation, women earn only 80 percent of what their male counterparts earn. Ten years after graduation, women fall further behind, earning only 69 percent of what men earn. Even after controlling for hours, occupation, parenthood, and other factors known to affect earnings, the research indicates that one-quarter of the pay gap remains unexplained and is likely due to sex discrimination. Over time, the unexplained portion of the pay gap grows.

The fact that women in this country still make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes For Doing The Same Job is bullshit. Someone calculated that the missing 23 cents for every dollar translates, roughly, to about $700,000 in the average American full-time working woman’s career that’s never paid to her.

I wrote about this a couple years ago, but it's worth mentioning again, as the situation hasn't gotten any better. As I mentioned previously, it's not like I'm going to burn my bra or anything. But I DO want my $700 grand!


Tara said...

I guess this is one good thing about being in a union. Everybody with my title is making the same as me.

I wonder if the gap is due, even partly, to the fact that women might be reluctant to ask for a raise and negotiate a better deal. Do you think?

=) said...

I'm with Tara. It's the one thing I like about being in a position (union or not) such as teaching. The scales are based on education and experience. And it's public record so they can't hose ya too much!