Where Women May Wait More Than 100 Years to Close the Wage Gap – Real Time Economics

Women are closing the pay gap with men–slowly. Very slowly.

A new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research examines trends in women’s employment and earnings and finds that in a handful of states, a woman born today isn’t likely to see wage equality in her lifetime.  In Wyoming, for example, the group’s projections suggest a 144-year wait.

Alongside Wyoming, Louisiana, North Dakota, Utah and West Virginia are furthest off in closing the gap.

Washington, D.C., which is often a statistical anomaly because it’s relatively small and wholly urban, is the best place for women’s employment and earnings, the institute said. Even the nation’s capital, though, is only on track to close the gender imbalance by 2055.

“Data like these can help us pinpoint, at both a state and national level, how and where we can improve employment and workforce policies to end stubborn inequality by gender, race, and ethnicity,” IWPR vice president and executive director Barbara Gault said in a statement.

Women working full-time in the U.S. last year earned 82.5 cents for every dollar a man earned, according to the Labor Department’s weekly wage data. There are disparities across regions and occupations.

Actress Patricia Arquette during an acceptance speech at the Oscar’s last month highlighted the Hollywood pay gap.

The White House also has called for greater efforts to end the disparity, with President Barack Obama last year saying: “Equal pay for equal work—it’s not that complicated.”

Related reading:

Behind Arquette’s Oscar Speech: Hollywood’s Pay Gap Looks a Lot Like Ours

In Equal-Pay Debate, Disparity Is in the Details

The U.S. Economy According to the White House in 10 Charts

Double Standard Holding Women Back From Top Business Jobs, Pew Survey Finds

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Gender Gap in Wages

Women’s Pay Compared to Men’s From 1960 to 2013

The Earnings Gap Between Married and Non-Married Moms is Widening

Is the Gender Pay Gap Closing or Has Progress Stalled?

Millennial Women Make Nearly as Much as Men, but Still Have Dim View of Equality



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12 March 2015 | 8:45 pm – Source: blogs.wsj.com


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