Women’s News: Gender Wage Gap Causes Typical Woman To Miss Out On $443,360: Analysis


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It’s still a man’s world. And to make a man’s amount of money over her career, the typical working women would have to put in an extra decade of work.

The typical full-time working womanstands to miss out on $443,360 over 40 years because of the gender wage gap, according to an April report from the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC). That means a woman would have to work 12 years longer then her male counterpart just to break even.

NWLC calculated the long-term effect of the wage gap by multiplying $11,084 (the earnings gap between full-time working women and men in 2011, as estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau) by 40 (the presumed length of a typical career).

Progress is not inevitable. Indeed, the pay gap between male and female workersactually expanded last year, the first such increase since the beginning of the recovery, according to a March study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Part of the problem is that females represent the majority of minimum-wage workers, Katherine Gallagher Robbins, a Senior Policy Analyst at NWLC, told the Huffington Post. Almost two-thirds of minimum-wage workers are female, and women make up the majority of workers in the ten largest occupations that pay less than $10.10 an hour, according to a NWLC analysis.

Women also are losing a larger share of of jobs in some higher-paying industries. In 2012, women suffered disproportionately from public sector job cuts , and job growth in the private sector has remained sluggish for women during the recovery.

Discrimination plays a role as well. A 2007 study published in the American Journal of Sociology discovered that women who were mothers were recommended for lower starting salaries than female coworkers who didn’t have children.

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