The gender pay gap has seen no virtual improvement in over twenty years. After some believing progress was being made post pandemic, the stats are just not backing this up. In this newsletter we are looking at why the gap still exists and what this means for us as organizations.
GENDER PAY GAP HAS SEEN VIRTUALLY NO IMPROVEMENT IN TWO DECADES
"Recent research finds that the pay gap between men and women has barely budged in 20 years—a discrepancy illustrated by Equal Pay Day on March 14.
The gap in pay between male and female workers has not changed much in two decades, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of median hourly earnings of both full- and part-time workers released earlier this month. In 2022, women earned an average of 82 percent of what men earned—barely an improvement from 2002, when women earned 80 percent as much as men. The halt in progress over the last two decades is significant, as progress was made in the 1980s and 1990s, Pew research found. In 1982, women earned just 65 cents for every dollar earned by men, and over the following 20 years, that rate jumped by 15 cents.
"The gender pay gap has been narrowing but has not closed, which is a reflection on how society continues to value the work of women less than the work of men and an indicator of how wealth and power are gendered," said Amy Stewart, associate director of content and editorial at Payscale, a Seattle-based compensation software firm. "More work needs to be done."
The Pew data came out just weeks before this year's Equal Pay Day, a date that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. It was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 to raise awareness about wage inequity." Learn more
THE GENDER PAY GAP ENDURES
"The gender pay gap – the difference between the earnings of men and women – has barely closed in the United States in the past two decades. In 2022, American women typically earned 82 cents for every dollar earned by men. That was about the same as in 2002, when they earned 80 cents to the dollar. The slow pace at which the gender pay gap has narrowed this century contrasts sharply with the progress in the preceding two decades: In 1982, women earned just 65 cents to each dollar earned by men.
There is no single explanation for why progress toward narrowing the pay gap has all but stalled in the 21st century. Women generally begin their careers closer to wage parity with men, but they lose ground as they age and progress through their work lives, a pattern that has remained consistent over time. The pay gap persists even though women today are more likely than men to have graduated from college. In fact, the pay gap between college-educated women and men is not any narrower than the one between women and men who do not have a college degree. This points to the dominant role of other factors that still set women back or give men an advantage." Learn more
"Even if you account for things like women taking more flexible jobs, working fewer hours, taking time off for childcare, etc., paychecks between the sexes still aren't square. Blau and her research partner Lawrence Kahn controlled for "everything we could find reliable data on" and found that women still earn about 8% less than their male colleagues for the same job.
"It's what we call the 'unexplained pay gap,'" says Blau, then laughs. "Or, you could just call it discrimination." Learn more