Women Make 77 Cents for Every Dollar a Man Makes
Census Bureau shows little change in recent years
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2013 6:11 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The gap in pay between men and women seems officially stuck in place: New Census Bureau stats show that women earned 76.5 cents for every dollar that men made in 2012, an amount that hasn't changed much in a decade, reports the Wall Street Journal. Overall, men who worked full time had a median annual wage of $43,300, compared to $37,800 for women.

Things get worse when race is taken into account, notes a piece at Salon. Black women earned 69 cents for every dollar earned by men, and Hispanic women just 58 cents. Women now outnumber men in college, which bodes well for a future narrowing of the gap, but increasing education is "not enough to totally change these trends," says a female economics professor at Cornell. One factor often cited is that women tend to work fewer hours than men so they can take care of the kids.

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ivoheron
Jan 11, 2015 5:44 PM CST
This chat is so depressing, why can't everyone just get paid what they earn- regardless of petty things like race,gender, age and whatever- and the whole world be done with it.
TomMaker
Sep 23, 2013 9:36 AM CDT
Women are way overpaid!
fractal
Sep 20, 2013 5:33 PM CDT
If men think that they are SO VALUABLE that women could not do without them in the workplace, then why do they get so defensive when women suggest we phase men out? If they really believed what they said, they would just laugh at women separatists. But they don't. They get all defensive and insulting and threatening. Kinda like they did when Blacks were separatists and had their own communities---right before burning these successful communities to the ground. I think men secretly know that they have to take it up a notch if they are going to be relevant in the future. Already, after just a few decades of relative freedom, women are making higher grades, going to college more, becoming business owners etc... The writing is on the wall, and men are running scared. Hence the nastiness and insistence that they are so much better then women in the workplace.