Gender Wage Gap And Gender Inequality Essay

1595 Words Apr 6th, 2015 7 Pages
The historic gender wage gap has existed for numerous years and continued to alter the lives of people from all walks of life. The gender wage gap is influenced by discrimination, but other factors also contribute to the gap. All ages are susceptible to exposure to the wage gap. A grandmother, father, and teenage son could all be experiencing the gap in various ways at the same time. Although the gap can be experienced at any age, the gap increases with age (2). Job choice is a contributing factor in the composition of the gender wage gap. “Even women in highly compensated careers such as law and investment banking are more likely to choose pathways within those careers that allow more family time”(10). Women have characteristically had less rights than men for their entire existence. Females had husbands who went off to the war, and they were expected to stay home and take care of the children. Women started to fight back in the 1960s. With the Equal Pay of 1963 and the Civil Rights Act, women began to take back the lives they once had. Women earned 60% of what their full-time male peers earned in 1960(7). In the work place women were and still are punished for having children. With the legalization and regulation of birth control, they took control back. Racial discrimination also made its own contribution to the gap. African Americans were, again, given the short end of the stick. African American women were paid less because they were “less committed and productive”…

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