Equal Pay Day: The Numbers Are In

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

They're not so good. Women are still earning less than men, according to a newly released study from the American Association of University Women.

Analyzing U.S. Department of Education data on 19,000 men and women, Hill's team found that one year out of college, women in 1994 earned 80 percent of what their male counterparts made. By 2003, a decade after graduation, they had fallen further behind, to 69 percent of men's incomes.

While some of the gap is accounted for by career choice variations and the demands of motherhood, even women who make the same choices men make throughout the course of their careers earn less.

Controlling for the number of hours worked, parenthood and other factors, college-educated women still earned 12 percent less than their male peers, according to the report, suggesting that "the effects of gender discrimination are cumulative."

Even women who graduate with the same majors and go into the same general field as their male counterparts earn less.

The recent graduate numbers includes an apples-to-apples comparison of full-time workers who majored in the same subject, and the discrepancies are jarring. One year after graduation, female business majors are earning 81% of what male business majors earn. Among biology majors, women get paid only 75% as much as men. Even in traditionally male-dominated fields, in which women are theoretically sought after for diversity's sake, women still earn less than men. One year after graduation, female engineers make 95% of what male engineering majors do, and women who majored in math earn only 76% of what their male counterparts earn.

Ironically, women do better in school.

Women outperformed men academically, and their grade point averages were higher in every major.


Anonymous said...

"While some of the gap is accounted for by career choice variations and the demands of motherhood..."

translation from the feminist-ese:

"While I admit I am lying when I say it's for equal work, I'm still going to keep telling you it is"

Curmudgette said...

Translation from David Byron-ese:

"Don't confuse me with facts. I'm always right because I say I am... Oh, and don't force me to leave an electronic paper trail that connects me to my bullshit comments."

I find it very interesting that On April 13th you stated that you agreed with me that the name "David Byron" should be just a Google search away from a lengthy trail of your sparkling, online commentary. And by April 16th you had truncated your screen name to the innocuous "David." Now you have truncated it even further to "anonymous." What's the matter? Don't you want to be connected to your tortured logic and hateful screeds anymore?

Anonymous said...

No, it's just the Google has screwed my account.

And on "the facts" you don't get to talk about "the facts" if you are not prepared to defend your so-called opinions in debate. I take it you still refuse to do so?

Curmudgette said...

Anonymous said...

No, it's just the Google has screwed my account.


No I'm not going to debate with your disingenuous self. You don't even have to have an account to sign in with a name of some kind. You insult us both with such lame bullshit. I won't be engaging with you further, because you are a liar, a provocateur, and so in love with your own groundless opinions that there really is no point.