Equal pay for equal work.
This concept does not sound too unreasonable or radical to me, especially in this day and age, but alas this is not the case. On average women today only earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. African American and Hispanic women earn even less – 58 cents for Latina women and 70 cents for Black women.
If this wasn’t unjust enough, get a load of this – men with sexist views earn more money.
A US study has revealed that men with more “traditional views” on the work and home roles of women – AKA sexists views – earn on average about $8,500 a year more than men with less “traditional views.”
Over 12,500 men and women participants were interviewed four times from 1979-2005 and asked questions like:
- Is a woman’s place in the home?
- Do working mothers increase juvenile delinquency?
- Should the man be the main achiever outside the home?
- Should the woman be mainly concerned with caring for home and family?
The study also found that between married couples, the earnings gap between husband and wife was eight times greater in couples where both partners held “traditional views” compared to those who both held egalitarian views.
On the flip side, women who held sexist views themselves earned less (not more like their sexist male counterparts) than women with the opposite views – $1,500 a year less.
So sexist men earn more. Sexist women earn less. And women with more equal views of gender roles still earn less than both sexist and non-sexist men.
No matter which way you slice it women’s salaries lose up against men’s and the impact is grave.
Did you know that over the course of a lifetime a female college graduate will earn $1.2million less than her male peers? Or that the difference in income between men ($23.4 trillion) and women ($10.5 trillion) annually worldwide is $13 trillion?
This is not something to take lightly. Women are being cheated out of thousands and thousands of dollars every year just because they are women. How will our daughters or granddaughters fare?
What do you think about this new wage gap and better yet what can we do about it?
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