Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The American Woman's Plight: Higher Grades, Lower Pay...

"Women do two-thirds of the world's work. Yet they earn only one-tenth of the world's income and own less than one percent of the world's property. They are among the poorest of the world's poor." -Barber B. Conable Jr., former president of World Bank.

This is when I turn into a feminazi... How is it that in 2007 women who outscored men in college in the same major, took the same job, worked the same hours, and put in the same overtime get paid 20% - 40% less?!

"...If a woman and a man make the same choices, will they receive the same pay?" the study asked. "The answer is no.

"These unexplained gaps are evidence of discrimination, which remains a serious problem for women in the work force."

Specifically, about one-quarter of the pay gap is attributable to gender - 5 percent one year after graduation and 12 percent 10 years after graduation, it said.

One year out of college, men and women should arguably be the least likely to show a gender pay gap, the study said, since neither tend to be parents yet and they enter the work force without significant experience.

In education, women earn 95 percent as much as their male colleagues earn, while in math, women earn 76 percent as much as men earn, the study showed.
While in college, the study showed, women outperformed men academically, and their grade point averages were higher in every college major.

The study, entitled "Behind the Pay Gap," used data from the U.S. Department of Education. It analyzed some 9,000 college graduates from 1992-93 and more than 10,000 from 1999-2000." (source)

I have a bad feeling some men are going to try to justify this somehow... There is no justification. Women aren't asking for quotas, for money or jobs they don't deserve and haven't earned, for special breaks because they have boobs. We just want a level playing field. If our resume is better, we should get paid more. If we can't cut it, we shouldn't be hired. But, the thought there is a man out there -that had a lower GPA -and less experience- doing the same job as a woman and getting paid more because he knows how to pick a football pool is enough to send me over the edge.

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