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How Much Do Women Make Compared to Men?

What Do You Know About the Gender Gap?

I think we're all aware that women are paid less than men for doing the same job, but do you really know what the guy next to you is earning? Let's find out.


What Do You Know About the Gender Gap?

College-educated women earn how many cents for every male earned dollar?

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manawar manawar 6 years
BTW women, don't buy this crap about just because your a woman you don't make as much as a man, that is a lie stright from the femenist movement. You are paid based on your experience, how much education or little you have and how long you've been on the job, also if their is a budget for a pay increase. It has nothing to do with gender, that is a lie and it's being spread by femenist groups to cause further disparity between men and women, As long as women feel they can get away with saying men are unfair, the more they can petition the government and draw attention to them. It's just not true.
manawar manawar 6 years
Some of you women may be suprised to find out, women own a mere 5% less U.S. Companies than do men (U.S. Census) In most cases men do not get paternal leave, if the mother gave birth our society sees no value in men being home with our kids. In many cases men have more riskly jobs than do women, and many more men die 7 years sooner than do women do due to stress, and heart failure because we are forced by society/women to be the bread winners, but you never hear women complaning that they are not in those statistics. Women can use sexuality (their gender) to threaten to get ahead, and do this all the time (it's called the clevage and leg factor.) There are lots of women who want to run companies, be in high levels of governement and do and also pull the purse strings in their households, but rather than women talking about what they do achieve they want to make it appear as though it's every man's fault for them not making a certain income. The day a woman stands up for my rights as a man or stands up for my rights when it comes to me getting custody for my kids will be the day I will lend my voice to support women's income supposid disparity. In the end the women make more because they screw the husband out of his retirement, house, cars, and income and get the kids to boot... when this changes then other things will change, when men get a fair shake in court then women might get equality in the job force. Women have many advantages over men, and they take them. Every time you see a commercial, or see the news, or TV shows you see how women are made to appear superior to men, with their wise cracks about men's looks, or sexuality etc. When fathers arn't made to look like clueless, idiots as fathers who stay at home with their kids, while the mother earns six figures, when fathers aren't looked down at as the so called "mr. mom" and men try and re-enter the work force just to have been replaced by women, there is not much sympothy for a so called wage gender gap. By my measurment, my wife makes $120K / Yr. I made $15K That's quite a displarity. Oh by the way, when a man makes less than a women he's considered by women as the loser, but women are praised when they make more than the man, so until you can change this part of the gender gap then nothing else will change.
twocreativenerds twocreativenerds 9 years
I'm not sure I agree with Julieulie or Taffy. I work in a very technical field as well, and I think I was one of the best in my "entering class" of entry-level research assistants, and yet two guys have already been promoted above me. I'm pretty sure one of them deserved it, but I'm not sure about the other. One thing I have observed is that, since I am a chemist, I wear practical clothes -- glasses, non-expensive jeans, comfortable flats, etc. The guys who got promoted, however, wear slacks, dress shirts, collared shirts, etc, which doesn't even fit in with the higher-level scientists. I wonder how much their appearance helps them. If I wore contacts and spent the effort to look cuter (I think I dress fine currently), then I get up-and-down looks and comments, which makes me super uncomfortable. As much as I'd like to get paid more and get a promotion, I'm not comfortable with exploiting my looks or demeanor to get ahead. And don't even get me started on academia. I talked to one female professor (one of the best graduating her year), and she's told me so many horror stories of other male professors treating her badly, either mistaking her for a secretary, or just shouting in her face about how much more important they were than her. Sad.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
To the Sweden issue, you might want to check out this article "Sweden: the Best Country in the World for Women." It has some surprisingly interesting facts: the Swedes have a car designed specially for high heels, and some of the expected trade-offs (no chauvinism, but no chivalry, etc)
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
I don't feel like I'm paid unfairly, but I sure do agree the gender gap is alive and well. When I watch the show Mad Men, I cannot believe how little has changed in the chauvinist boys' club that is the advertising world. Our office is a freaking frat house with crude locker room jokes being told all day. Also, we have the total glass ceiling stereotype where if a guy's ambitious, he's driven and if a girl's ambitious, she's a pushy ballbuster (thank you, thank you very much).
bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
Wow, I don't know jack.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i guess i know more than i thought. it's interesting though to think about it. it's painful actually to think that i'm not making as much as a man in my position just cause i'm a woman
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
wow, you learn something new everything
remedios remedios 9 years
I've worked in the technical field, and while representation for women is lower, there is a reason for that. The talk is that its a ripe field for women because if the underrepresentation, but the reality is that the gender gap still exists there. People somethings think there isn't but there is. (I can't speak to every position / company, of course, so some firms may have an extremely objective way of addressing things but not most.) While it's true that women often choose fields that are lower paying fields, that is only part of the problem. First, the fact that those fields are lower paying is often related to the fact that they're women dominated, and not the other way around. They do different work, but that in itself doesn't always justify the disparity. (Consider teaching.) Second, and more importantly (I think), the disparity takes that into consideration - women in the same field performing the same job with similar education and experience, are making less than their male counterpart. In the end though, I try not to really focus on it. I just try to do what I can, perform well, be the person I'm satisfied with. I think obsessing over this disparity, for me, would be counterproductive. I leave that for others more suited for that battle. I can only do what I can do.
Taffy23110 Taffy23110 9 years
I'm with Julieulie. I work in a technical field where I earn as much as my male co-workers for doing the same work. Plenty of the people I know who are college educated chose different fields of study that have lower or higher salaries on graduation. The women tended toward programs that serve public interest like education, social welfare, nursing, and public health, most of which have low salaries. They really are doing different work.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
My hubby caught up to me in two years and now has passed me. Whatever though.
millarci millarci 9 years
Gender gap is very depressing to me. It makes me feel like I don't deserve the same pay as men just because I'm a woman. However, I still believe that the gap will get smaller as years go on. If not for me, then for future generations.
monkeygirlm monkeygirlm 9 years
There are opportunities for women in business to change these figures. One way is to join organizations that support our cause for equality. There are industry-specific groups like Women In Technology that offer ways for us to pool our efforts. To the point about voting for Hillary: I once worked for a female CEO (one of the very few) and it created a tone of equality for the entire company. Support our fellow females and together we will all benefit!
legalbeagle legalbeagle 9 years
This is why we should be supportive of Hillary Clinton... even if you dont vote for her.. you have to give her props for being the first woman to actually have a shot at becoming president..
julieulie julieulie 9 years
I'm in science, so I don't really see any gender gap issues. Everyone is paid a flat salary based on level and number of years of experience, there are no bonuses or anything like that, and you move up based on the quality of your experiments. I've never been discriminated against because I'm female in a mostly male-dominated field (my research is in medicinal chemistry)... frankly, nobody remotely cares about your gender/race/personal life as long as you you are capable of doing "good science."
msmiller msmiller 9 years
How sad. Both my score and the facts.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
Oh, I got them all right- but they are so wrong.
leeapeea leeapeea 9 years
It's funny - I work in public education, where I see more women than men. However, when I really thought about it - almost all the district Superintendants have been men, and at least half the school principals are men.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
Cassedy you make a good point about the "good ol boy" thing. The other thing I see is that if a man sticks up for himself, he is just doing his job. If a woman sticks up for herself in the same way and situation, most of the time she would be called a bitch, and people wouldn't like her. I know that I have found my best bosses to be women. After college and I was looking for the dream job, I would up where I am now. A small company OWNED by a woman and run by a woman. No men here to compete with.
rlveronica rlveronica 9 years
2 out of 3 isn't bad! The facts are sad though!
cassedy04 cassedy04 9 years
i feel like it is so hard to break through that glass ceiling as a young woman. not only do we have the same training as our male counterparts, there are more females in college now than males. however, in the long run there are more males in executive positions because so many people making the hiring decisions have the "good ol' boy" mentality of a woman's place being in the home, and that a young woman is just going to get married/pregnant and quit her job.
nancicila nancicila 9 years
I really hope Canada ranks well on that list, cuz I would definetely have some resentment for my male colleagues
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
It's sad that women still are not making what men make with the same education and training. I think we should all move to Sweden to show America what's up.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
I only had Sweden right.
figurine figurine 9 years
I only knew the thing about Sweden supposedly having the smallest gender gap.
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