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Women Make Less Than Men. Always

Women Make Less Than Men. Always

The pay gap between the genders doesn’t appear to be disappearing anytime soon.  According to Amanda Hess at GOOD, new data out shows that women continue to make less than men, regardless of the field or of the education level examined.

Among Americans with some form of post-high school education—a vocational, associate’s, bachelor’s, or advanced degree—men make more than $800 above women’s pay every month … And the gap widens as men and women climb educational ranks. Men with bachelor’s degrees in business make $1,000 more each month than their female classmates; among men and women with advanced degrees in business, the gap widens to $1,400 a month. In the natural sciences—the only sector in which men and women earned fairly equal pay at the associate’s and bachelor’s degree levels—the equity was erased among advanced degree holders. Men with advanced degrees in the natural sciences make about $2,600 more per month than their female peers (couldn’t you use an extra $31,200 a year?). Even in sectors traditionally regarded as feminine—education and liberal arts, for example—male earners outstripped female ones.

Hess notes that in many cases, in order for pay to be equal, a man would only need a bachelor’s degree, where as a woman would require an advanced degree.

So, if the wage gap isn’t going away anytime soon, I’m going to make a different suggestion — let’s make college tuition costs different depending on your gender.  After all, if a woman needs more classes and degrees in order to get the same salary as a man, then her schooling should come at a lower cost.  Especially once you consider how many less dollars she’s earning in order to pay off those degrees.

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7:24PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

thank you. It shouldn't be this way, but I doubt it will change anytime soon. Just a word to women... stand your ground. DO NOT be afraid to say what you feel, or to fight for what is fair. Equality means EVERYONE, not just men

7:24AM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

In response to eternal g: And if we care as much about money as men, then what? Damn us? Generally we're the ones left to raise the kids -- if the kids are blessed then they have good, loving parents and the ability to have a good education, a worthwhile future and food, clothing and a roof over their heads. Not all children have this. One of six children in this, the richest country on the planet, goes to bed hungry every night. In this, the richest country in the world, on my job, I've met women who are living in shelters with their kids, I've met women who are sleeping in the park, I've met women who've lost everything do to a lack of decent affordable health care in this, the richest country on the planet and are now, in their 60's, living in shelters. I've met women in their 80's seeking employment. Bless them? How about it's about time men got blessed a little with less than they need to survive. And I'd really like to start with ALL our politicians. It's our money they're living high on, our money that's buying them the best health care, lifetime pensions after one term in office and putting them in the position where they can sell their votes, like the prostitutes they are, to the corporations who have effectively destroyed this country....not that it was ever anything that great -- the Europeans who came here were just thieves, whoremongers, slavers who were solely interested in male control and male arrogance and apparently their descendants are still cal

5:42PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Is that because women care less for money.... if so bless them!

11:43PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Untrue. Neighbours wives make more than me. :( :)

5:09PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Thanks 4 sharing

4:23PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Thanks.

3:17PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

thanks for the info

3:17PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

thanks for the info

3:16PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Wow, I agree on last paragraph about tuition differences. Wow, I thought I heard somewhere that more and more women are making more than men? I don't understand why we STILL have to fight for our rights after women fought voting rights like 100 yrs ago, now this is STILL going on???

2:37PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Micheal B. please tell me how a secretary's duties are "similar" to a sanitation worker's duties?

I'm not trying to denegrate sanitation workers - I wouldn't want their job, or at least my perception of their job, and I could be wrong about what they actually do.

But I was a secretary for six years and if sanitation workers also spend most of their day on the phone scheduling their bosses interviews, conference courses to teach, and travel schedule; on e-mail being their employer's interface with the internet and all who want to contact him/her; on organizing and preparing teaching materials on programs such as Word and PowerPoint; on composing correspondence; on transcription and editing of entire book chapters and manuscripts for publication; on making sure your boss doesn't have to worry about anything other than doing their actual job (in my case as a physician, surgeon and educator) then I suppose you could say that secretarial work is similar to sanitation work.

Again, I'm not saying that sanitation work isn't difficult or that they don't deserve excellent pay. I think they do, but I don't think it serves any purpose to compare the duties of a sanitation work to a secretary as "similar" in any way. Perhaps I am wrong?

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