Equal Pay Day Exposes Gender Gap Won’t End For Another 43 Years

Susanne.Posel-Headline.News.Official- equal.pay.day.gender.gap.01_occupycorporatismSusanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | Media Spokesperson, HEALTH MAX Brands


According to a new report from the US Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), the gender pay gap will not close until 2059, leaving women earning 79 cents for every dollar a man makes.

pay.gap.hispanic.black.women_occupycorporatismAn average women can expect to take home $10,800 less annually than their male counterparts, and lose nearly half a million dollars over the course of a career.

However, the 79 cent gap is more complex than that because of factors such as race and ethnicity.

The National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF) contends that African American and Hispanic women make even less than Caucasian women after the pay gap.

On average considering full-time employment, black women are paid 48 to 69 cents less and Latinas are paid 43 to 59 cents less.

This means that African American women earn $877,000 less over the course of a 4 decade career, while Latina women lose $1,000,000 as a result of the gender pay gap which is biased against flexible hours, paid leave, and sick time for female employees of color.

Debra L. Ness, president of the NPWF explained: “Pay inequities and wage discrimination perpetuate poverty, and women of color suffer the most. In the very states in which most African-American women and Latinas work, the loss of critical income makes it much harder for them and their families to get ahead or even stay afloat.”

Age is also a factor because women make less as they age.

And even adding in the differences between industries and job-types, there is a 54% overall pay gap that is “unjustified”.

With all of the complex reasons involved, the pay gap in the US can be attributed to good old fashioned discrimination.

equal.pay.day.gender.gap_occupycorporatismCarli Lloyd, co-captain of the national team and FIFA’s 2015 World Player of The Year, explained in an op-ed piece : “If I were a male soccer player who won a World Cup for the United States, my bonus would be $390,000. Because I am a female soccer player, the bonus I got for our World Cup victory last summer was $75,000.”

Gender pay gap deniers argue that women’s “life choices” are the reason behind the gap; meaning that because women “choose” to have children and stay home or cut back hours at work, it appears there is a gender gap.

However, more women are working outside of the home because they cannot afford to do otherwise. Combine that with the rising costs of child-care and the inability to find full-time work, and this myth boils down to the sexist ideology that 30% of Americans suffer from – that a woman’s place is in the home, taking care of children.

This causes women to work in “lower-paying occupations than men do” on average. Those fields of employment includes teaching, nursing and social work.

The problem here is that “it’s not that women are always picking lesser things in terms of skill and importance, it’s just that the employers are deciding to pay it less.”

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