The Growing Gender Gap

By Christine Cupaiuolo — December 27, 2006

I missed the NYT story on the gender pay gap from Sunday — part of the Times series “The New Gender Divide,” which aims to examine “what has happened to men and women several decades after the women’s movement began.”

David Leonhardt writes:

Throughout the 1980s and early ’90s, women of all economic levels — poor, middle class and rich — were steadily gaining ground on their male counterparts in the work force. By the mid-’90s, women earned more than 75 cents for every dollar in hourly pay that men did, up from 65 cents just 15 years earlier.

Largely without notice, however, one big group of women has stopped making progress: those with a four-year college degree. The gap between their pay and the pay of male college graduates has actually widened slightly since the mid-’90s.

For women without a college education, the pay gap with men has narrowed only slightly over the same span.

These trends suggest that all the recent high-profile achievements — the first female secretary of state, the first female lead anchor of a nightly newscast, the first female president of Princeton, and, next month, the first female speaker of the House — do not reflect what is happening to most women, researchers say.

Continue reading here. Also read Echidne’s analysis.

For more information, visit the WAGE Project and check out “Getting Even: Why Women Don’t Get Paid Like Men — and What To Do About It” by E.J. Graff and Evelyn Murphy. Judith Stadtman Tucker reviewed “Getting Even” earlier this year at her website, The Mothers Movement Online.

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