Importance Of Women Pay Gap

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The Real Reason Women Get Paid Less
“Pay gaps result from the choices women make, such as career choices, education, and experience, hours and work schedules, and career interruptions.” (Greszeler) Women still earn only 75 cents for every $1 a man earns. Gender wage gap has been in effect since the late 1950s and this wage gap narrowed but persisted (Blau and Kahn). Discrimination and unfair treatment is the first thing people think of, but knowing what a wage gap is, the importance of this wage gap, and seeing statistics of the gender wage gap will make this understandable.
“Since the Equal Pay Act was signed in 1963, the wage gap has been closing at a very slow rate.” The concluding of the wage gap between women and men has been at a rate of half a penny a year. Women who worked full time year round made an average of fifty- nine cents to every dollar a man received. The average women made to the average dollar a man made gradually increased, and in 2010 women who worked full time year round started receiving seventy- seven cents to every man’s dollar. Two landmark court cases served to strengthen and further define the Equal Pay Act.
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“Women steer towards health and education jobs and men tend to steer toward Stem careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).” In each career that could possibly be chosen as a STEM career women’s percentage of choosing that career is less than men’s choice. STEM career choices for women are less than men because women are into caring professions (Case Worker, Psychology, Drama and Arts et…) ,and men are into people free projects. Women and their interruptions such as pregnancy, sickness and family problems are greater than men. Patten and Greszler say “these types of interruptions can have an impact on long term earnings” (Patten). 39% of women take off, 42% reduce their hours to take care of their children or other family, and 27% quit their jobs

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