Women earn less than men in woman-dominated jobs
Female elementary-school teachers and social workers, for example, make less than their male counterparts, according to a new report.
This post comes from Ruth Mantell at partner site MarketWatch.
It's not news that women earn less than men. But a soon-to-be-released report illustrates a particularly disappointing trend: women earn less than men even in popular woman-dominated jobs.
The Institute for Women's Policy Research crunched government data and found that in each of the 20 most common occupations for women in 2013, women's median weekly earnings for full-time work were less than weekly earnings for men. Within those top 20 jobs, that relationship holds true for occupations with the largest shares of women.
Take elementary- and middle-school teachers, for example. Women in these full-time spots made median weekly earnings of $937 in 2013, compared with $1,025 for men. Those figures translate to women making 91.4 cents for each dollar earned by men – a gap of 8.6 cents. That gap widened to as much as 16.4 cents for social workers.
"To improve women's earnings and reduce the gender earnings gap, women and their families need enhanced efforts to ensure non-discriminatory hiring and pay practices, better training and career counseling, and improved work-family supports," IWPR concluded.
Looking more broadly at the labor market, median weekly earnings for full-time women workers were $706 last year, 82.1 percent of men’s weekly earnings of $860, translating to a gap of 17.9 percent, according to the report. Woman-dominated jobs tend to pay less than fields made up primarily by men, IWPR noted.
"Thus, tackling occupational segregation is an important part of eliminating the gender wage gap," IWPR's report noted.
Looking to gain female support in its push to raise the federal minimum wage, the White House recently released a report showing that women would disproportionately benefit from such a hike. While women constitute just under half of the overall labor force, they are about three-quarters of the workers in the 10 largest low-wage jobs, dominating occupations such as childcare workers, home health aides and waitstaff, according to recent analysis from the National Women's Law Center.
Democrats support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from its current level of $7.25, but may be willing to compromise with Republicans on a smaller hike.
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In my family I make about 3x more than my husband and I actually have a few other married friends where the woman is the main earner in the family, and the man takes a more casual career and focuses on the children.
For some idea of how much more I'm worth (in dollars not human value), we both just bought Life Ant life insurance policies and mine is about 2 million and his is only 400k (and Im a girl so we both pay about $30 bucks a month ;). Nothing wrong with the face that Im "worth" more its just a positive sign for balance in our society when it comes down to it.
I have no problem with it in the marriage and I manage most of our finances because he simply isn't all that interested. A big thing I noticed with my Dad being a wealth manager is that women are hesitant to listen to men when it comes to financial planning. I wish more women would be in that business because everyone needs to plan properly.
Do any of these idiot authors ever look at the experience level? Time lost due to child bearing and child rearing? Willingness to work O/T? Education level.
I don't know of any public school that has pay rates based on gender but yet this idiot included teachers. Teaching pay is based solely on years of experience, type of class, and level of education.
This is yet another article from MSN trying to create a victim out of a mole hill.
How many women working do you see on shift work, weekends, and out of state travel versus men? Factor in the amount of time taken off for doctor visits, and sick kids. Most women will work a job that pays less as long as it is comfortable while men do the opposite (example, cleaning out sewers versus an admin job). This is just the trend and not the few extraordinary exceptions.
Being a contractor overseas doing network server updates is not a job solely for men but strangely you dont see a lot of women doing it in Kuwait or Afganistan on U.S bases do ya? Women often opt for comfort while men opt for the money. Nothing really new.
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