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 - 11:31am

But when 75% of men in a field that's made up of 90% women are in administrative positions, there has to be more going on than just women not being interested in administration.

I agree that does sound a bit odd.

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 11:13am
It's certainly true that individual career decisions have a huge impact, but I really don't think that's the whole story. In my career field, women make up something like 90% of the people in the field. But, the men who are in this field are much more likely to have administrative positions than women. I'm sure some of it is because women don't apply for those positions. But when 75% of men in a field that's made up of 90% women are in administrative positions, there has to be more going on than just women not being interested in administration.
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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 11:12am

Or, if his track record shows that he has often ask for time-off/alternative work schedule to take care of kids ...

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 11:10am
Unless the person making the decision assumed that it would affect his performance whether it actually did or not. (Which is something I think may happen more often than we think).
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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 10:57am

I agree with everyone else.

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 10:47am

Not knowing the details of your friend's husband, I can only speak for myself.

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 10:40am
But that's not necessarily a discriminatory action. *IF* his reponsibilities as a father would affect his ability to do the job, then it is a perfectly valid reason to not give him the promotion. The promotion should go to the person best able to do the job.

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 10:25am
My friend's husband was passed over for a promotion and she blames it on his responsibilities as a father, Go figure, Lol.. She said the promotion was given to someone who is not married and has no children, And while those conditions can't be proven for the promotion I don't doubt that goes on.

 


 


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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 10:09am
Agreed!

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 10:08am
IME, much of the "inequity" really isn't. These studies are often comparing apples to oranges. They compare, as an example, a man and a woman with the same job title for the same company, who have both been in their present position for 3 years. And they find the man makes more than the woman. BUT, they don't look at other factors - like does this man have 15 years of experience on top of the 3 he's worked for this company and the woman only has 5? Or the man has stellar results from his work and the woman's work is only mediocre? Or the man has taken on additional work that the woman hasn't? Or? Or? Or?

I do think that there are probably true cases of wage inequity based upon gender. But I don't think the problem is as pervasive as the media and the studies lead us to believe.

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