Wage Equality

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Wage Equality
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Wed, 04-11-2012 - 4:18pm

I was just reading an article from Huffington Post about the wage inequality in the US:

Women have made important and major strides in opportunity, work force engagement and pay in the past half century, but next week's April 17 Equal Pay Day exists for an enduring and legitimate reason. This day symbolically marks how far into the year a woman has to work to make what a man made during the prior calendar year. Yup. That means Jane has to keep working through January, February, March and half of April 2012 in order to bring home the same paycheck that John did in calendar year 2011. Since the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the gap between men's and women's pay (calculated for full-time work) has closed at less than half-a-cent per year. At this rate, we will be "celebrating" this event for fifty more years before the gap closes.

You've heard the statistics: The median annual earnings for working (full-time) white women is 77 cents to a man's dollar. For women of color, the gap and its effects are even greater: African-American women earn 61 cents to the male dollar and Latina women earn 53 cents. Controlling for factors like education, experience, job type and more reveals that fully one-quarter to one-half of the gap is attributable to unexplained causes. Women now make up more than half of the U.S. workforce -- this gap affects hundreds of millions of people and families.

If you would like to read the complete article, here is the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/soraya-chemaly/wage-equality_b_1415560.html?ref=women

What do you think of the article? Do you think there is a real problem with gender pay gaps, is it something you've experienced?

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 2:20pm
Exactly! And then when a woman is hired for a high-ranking position, employees (usually men in low paying positions within an organization) say things like, "You know she only got the job because she's a woman. It's awful to be so (reverse) discriminated against as a man."
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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 2:24pm
Good points. I still tend to think - with my gut - that there isn't a whole glut of employers out there thinking "Hey, I'm gonna pay Joe more than Mary, just because he has a penis."

If the wage gap truly exists to the extent these statistics and articles imply, then I think it isn't an overt "I think men are better than women" mindset. And I think some of the best defense we have against it is for women to stand up for their rights, ask for raises when we deserve them, and don't "settle".

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 2:25pm
that's awful. And while I don't disagree that that attitude exists, I just can't believe that it is the prevailing attitude.

But then, we just hired a woman for one of our open Associate Dean positions.

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 2:39pm

Oh, we have hired women for top positions before.

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 2:57pm

Of course it depends on profession.

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 2:59pm
This assumes more men are in administrative positions than women... Are they?

 

 

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 3:01pm

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 3:02pm

Yes

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 3:03pm
Pay scales are known as pay grades at banks.

 

 

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 3:08pm

Ok, many jobs in the private sector do not have any published pay scales or pay grades, you have an interview and tell the boss how much you would like to work for & negotiate.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief