Big Foot is Real and Gender Pay Gaps Don’t Exist
The existence of the gender pay gap between what men and women earn for the same work is nothing new, however the surprising results of a recent survey conducted by Glass Door certainly are.
While most employees are aware of the pay gap, the majority of employees in the seven industrialized nations surveyed believe men and women are paid equally for the same work.
What’s the Reality?
Despite that 60% of women and 78% of men surveyed think both genders are paid equally at their companies, women continue to earn on average just 79% of what men earn for the same job.
Does it get better with age? In fact no, the wage gap between men and women ages 35 to 64 is greater than for younger workers.
The good news is that the gap has narrowed since the 1970s when women earned just 59% on average of what men made. The bad news is that estimates show it will take another 81 to 100 years before the gap fully closes.
Who Does it Hurt?
Pay gaps don’t only hurt women and their earning potential, it’s bad for employers as well.
Companies lose out on a key percentage of the talent pool if they’re perceived as having pay gaps. Over two-thirds of employees won’t apply for jobs where they feel a gender pay gaps exists, according to the Glass Door survey. Companies with transparent and equal compensation practices have a much better chance of attracting valuable employees.
What Can You Do?
There are steps women can take to increase earnings and help close the pay gap:
- Negotiate from the get-go. The first step is negotiating during the hiring process. Many women won’t even ask for more money, they sit back and accept the first offer made – leaving potentially thousands on the table. Men on the other hand typically ask for more, whether they expect to actually get it or not.
- Don’t stop there. Another missed opportunity for women is not asking for more money over the course of their career. Men are four times more likely than women to ask for a raise. Asking for more is a scary undertaking for many women, but if you don’t ask, you likely won’t get it.
What Can Help Close the Gap?
The Glass Door survey also showed what many workers see as viable solutions for narrowing the gap. 45% of U.S. employees surveyed believe the answer is new company policies on compensation and pay.
Many also feel that more government legislation on equal pay for equal work will help close or end the pay gap. In January President Obama made an announcement outlining new rules on how companies report how much employees are paid; this could be one more step in the right direction.
The National Committee on Pay Equality (NCPE) advises individuals to contact your Senator and House Representative to let them know how important you find equal pay to be, and ask them to co-sponsor bills in Congress that support fair pay.
The gender pay gap is not a myth, it is a frank reality women employees live with every day. Though it currently looks like this issue will continue for several more generations, there is hope that by speaking out, creating awareness and choosing equal-pay employers we can see the gap close in our own life-time.
Where are you getting this 79% for the same job from? Every statistic I can find shows this to be the average gap for all full time workers regardless of industry and position. Could you please link to the sources showing your figures. Thanks
Thank you Lillith for your response. The article http://www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/ provides many interesting statistics.
Where can i find more information on the wage gap? I can find nothing that supports your statement “women continue to earn on average just 79% of what men earn for the same job.” Where can I find women make 79% of what men earn for the same job?
The AAUW says something different. http://www.aauw.org/resource/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/ . Their website says, after accounting for college major, occupation, economic sector, hours worked, months unemployed since graduation, GPA, type of undergraduate institution, institution selectivity, age, geographical region, and marital status the gap is only 7% and 12% after 10 years. This is a problem and it should be address but 7%-12% gap compared to 21% gap is a lot.
Thank you Juan for your reply. The AAUW is a great resource for information on the pay gap and provides breakdowns by state, plus how ethnicity and education factor in. The are article shares that in 2014 “women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 79 percent of what men were paid, a gap of 21 percent.”
“women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 79 percent of what men were paid, a gap of 21 percent.” is a 100% correct statement. That’s not what you stated in you article. “Despite that 60% of women and 78% of men surveyed think both genders are paid equally at their companies, women continue to earn on average just 79% of what men earn for the same job.” the key missing words are “for the same job”. On average Men earning more than women over one year makes sense. On average women have a higher chance of a medical issue that could effect her ability to work. if you take 1000 random men and women doing the same job at the same hourly pay for a year. on average women would have taken more time off then men. More time off mean less pay even if you are paid the same. How do you change that fairly?
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