Women are dogged by a gender pay gap almost quickly after graduation, and that disparity follows them their entire professional lives, according to a new report. Although hiring has increased, women's pay is not. Article source: Gender Wage Gap
Difference in pay still there
Women earn only about 82 percent of what men earn one year after graduation with the same level of education, according to a report from the American Association of University Women. Almost every occupation showed the same result regardless of the belief that women graduate with higher grade points than men and more women go to university than men.
The report found that the average woman made about $35,296 a year after graduating, while the average man was paid an around $42,918.
This was seen in the specific majors too, including men with business majors who earned over $45,000 while women with the same major made over $38,000. In computer science, engineering, technology and other regulated fields, women earned 77 to 88 cents for every dollar earned by men.
Women and men generally make about the same in healthcare and education.
Things for women to do
There are many reasons for the gap, such as the fact that more men tend to get into higher-paying careers than women do. The report also pointed out that when women have kids, they sometimes will drop out of work or reduce involvement.
The AAUW explained that only about 6.6 percent of the 18 percent gap is really an unexplained gap.
Researchers Christianne Corbett and Catherine Hill wrote:
“This pay gap is not merely the result of women’s choices.”
Methodology of the research
In order to figure out the real disparity, AAUW looked specifically at those who are just barely starting their professional lives and are fresh out of university.
The report used data on about 15,000 people, collected for a Department of Education survey. The participating students graduated from college in 2008, and their pay data was from the year 2009.
Gap follows women through jobs
Corbett and Hill went on to write that the gender gap effect follows women their entire jobs, since they begin out on a lower playing field than men do:
“Lower earnings have an immediate effect after college, setting into motion a chain of disparities that will follow women throughout their careers.”
Not very fair
The report concludes that employers and the government need to act to reverse this trend that has become so commonplace it seems to be normal. It is still, however, unfair.
When end up with the same student loan debt as men but have to pay more of their income to repay the loans. This makes it even more unfair.