It’s Official: Women Are Pissed About Being Paid Less Than Men

Written by Bryce Covert

Seventy percent of women cite being paid less than men for the same work as a big problem, with half saying that it’s major, according to a new poll from the EMILY’s List-affiliated group American Women.

“The only area I feel I have been treated differently (and still am) because I am a woman is in the salary area,” Evangelina, a 44 year old respondent, said. “The men who are doing the same thing I am and I might add, are not as successful, make significantly more.”

Meanwhile, 60 percent of women say they have a harder time getting ahead than men, while less than a third say men and women have equal chances. More than 70 percent say employer discrimination is a problem, with almost a third saying it’s a major problem. African-American women are the most likely to see it as a major concern.

Problems follow women into their homes, too. Two-thirds struggle with balancing work and family. Nearly 60 percent say that the lack of affordable childcare presents a problem as well.

The women who were surveyed also voice strong support from some policy changes that could help them advance. Two-thirds say the U.S. needs better work/family policies, such as expanding paid sick and family leave as well as flexible work hours. A majority support increasing the number of trained, qualified caregivers. About half want to improve the quality of preschool and child care programs, while the same amount want to invest in high-quality pre-K programs. A majority want to make it easier for women to find out if they are paid less than men and fight for equal pay.

Other surveys have shown that 30 percent of women report experiencing discrimination in the workplace. Thirty-one percent say they would be paid more if they were a man. In fact, 13 percent of respondents to another survey said they have been denied a raise due to gender, while 15 percent said they were passed over for a promotion.

The lived experience of discrimination shows up in the numbers. Women make less as soon as they graduate college and the gap persists no matter how much education they get, what job or industry they enter, or how high they rise.

This post was originally published in ThinkProgress

Photo Credit: Thinkstock


Jerome S
Jerome S7 months ago


Jim Ven
Jim Ven7 months ago

thanks for sharing.

Tammy I.
Tammy I2 years ago

Gratitude to all the beautiful men who appreciate women and understand the issue.

John H. "Lady problems"? It's attitudes like you have towards women that is most certainly a "lady problem" along with Mark K's assertion that employing women is "more problematic." Big hole in your argument. Mark, about giving custody over to the father--you make a huge assumption that the father would want custody--some do--but some are also completely absent. "Deal with it babe."? Ok, honey bun!

And lastly, Detlef: coming from a corncob, your deconstruction of the woman pictured in attempts to label her a slacker is hilarious.

Lisa L.
Lisa L2 years ago

Lower pay is the way the problem shows up quantifiably in most women's lives, but the foundation of that problem is not quantifiable: it is that, generally speaking, both men and women are more impressed by male accomplishment and more inclined to see men as authoritative and credible. Over time the gap adds up to quite a lot of missed opportunity for women, and that translates into less money. It's very difficult to change perception at the level on which this gap takes place, and of course the antifeminists have always been in there screaming the whole time too--due to their inability to believe women, too, of course, they think we are surely lying when we say we are discriminated against--so this social change is taking a VERY long time to get its work done. When I was a teenager and Second Wave feminism was new, I thought everything would be fine and dandy by the time I was an adult. Now, forty some years later, I think I will not live to see the end of sexism--not even close. I hope the younger women coming along are able to finish the job, but sometimes I wonder if the improvements feminism has created for them have made it hard for them to see how much farther there is to go.

Kate S.
Kate S4 years ago


Alina Kanaski
Alina Kanaski4 years ago


Donna Ferguson
Donna F4 years ago

we sure do need the policy changes mentioned

Margaret Goodman
Margaret G4 years ago

Marcia Blackburn, a Republican in Congress, said that women do not want to be paid as well as men. Wonder where she go that information...

I believe that the following are true. If someone has good information to refute me, please comment!

There are more men than women in the world. Only in "developed" countries do women outnumber the men. Elsewhere there are abortions of female fetuses, infanticide of female babies, female genital mutilation, honor killings, dowry burnings, and forced pregnancies. I'm often amazed that women even survive all these practices.

In the United States there are more females "head of household" than males. According to the IRS, a "head of household" is the only wage earner in a family with dependents. If this is true, then the logic of paying someone with dependents more would result in women being paid more than men!

Linda McKellar
Past Member 4 years ago

No shit Sherlock!

Marc B.
Marc B4 years ago

Equal pay for equal work is not true in many ways and difference have other reasons than the gender of the worker.
In Germany People in the south earn in avarage more than those in the north. People who are older often earn more than the younger ones - even if they do the same work. And should we in the statistics look at the time the different genders are ill? There is a difference about 10 Percent between women and men that women are more days off because of illness (take a look here: Is it the "same work" when someone is more ill than the other one?

You wíll never have a definition, what the "same work" really is. In other parts of the economy we do not have any problems paying different prices for the same thing. Your price of fuel for your car is different on which side of the street the petrol station is.