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For all the progress in the world, some sad facts remain stubbornly unchanged.
Like this one: The female pay gap hasn't budged in a decade. Women still earn less than 77 cents for every dollar men take in. The year is 2013. Let that sink in.
To be exact, women earned 76.5 cents for each dollar that men made last year, leaving the pay gap practically unchanged in 10 years, according to a Census Bureau report released Tuesday and cited by the Wall Street Journal. Full-time male employees took in $49,398 in 2012, versus $37,791 for female employees, according to the data.
The flat-lining of pay-gap progress actually appears to be a symptom of the new millennium, with the slowdown beginning to occur in the early 2000s after a steady narrowing in the '80s and '90s. "That may signal that two factors credited with advancing gender pay parity -- education and legislation -- lost some of their firepower," according to WSJ.
And here's another figure that may stagger you: Young women do much better in this equation than older ones. Last year, girls and women aged 15 to 24 earned 88 cents for each dollar that men did, versus 71 cents for women aged 25 to 44, and 74 cents for women aged 45 to 64.
If you're among those working -- even struggling -- to earn a living in the current climate, particularly if your high school and college days are distant memories, this probably won't come as news to you. But it sure is an epic bummer.
So let us know: Do you feel you make as much as men who do similar jobs?