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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