The Top 10 Facts About the Wage Gap
Women Are Still Earning Less than Men Across the Board
SOURCE: AP/David Zalubowski
Valeri Kershaw, a seventh- and eighth-grade literacy teacher at Bruce Randolph Middle School in
northeast Denver, works with 12-year-old Jessica Rodriguez during class, Thursday, October 27, 2005.
Statistics show that women are more likely to work in low-wage, pink-collar jobs like teaching.
By Sarah Jane Glynn, Audrey Powers | April 16, 2012
Equal Pay Day is tomorrow, April 17. This date symbolizes how far into 2012 the average woman must
work to earn what the average man earned in 2011. While the wage gap has certainly narrowed with
the past generation of working womenin 1967 women only earned about 58 cents to a mans dollar
progress has stalled in recent years. If progress continues at its current rate, it will take 45 years to
eradicate the wage gap.
Given the unfortunate fact that the gender wage gap appears to be here for a while, here are the top 10
facts you need to know about unequal pay:
1. In 2010 women who worked full time, year round, still only earned 77 percent of what men
earned. The median earnings for women were $36,931 compared to $47,715 for men, and
neither real median earnings nor the female-to-male earnings ratio have increased since 2009.
2. The gender wage gap does not only affect individualsentire families are impacted by womens
earnings. In 2010, in nearly two-thirds of families (63.9 percent), a mother was either the
breadwinnereither a single working mother or bringing home as much or more than her
husbandor a co-breadwinnerbringing home at least a quarter of the familys earnings.
When womens wages are lowered due to gender discrimination, their families incomes are
often significantly lowered as well.
3. Women earn less than men within all racial and ethnic groups. In 2010, the latest year for which
data are available, white women earned 78.1 percent compared to white men, African American
women earned 89.8 percent compared to black men, Hispanic women earned 91.3 percent
compared to Hispanic men, and Asian women earned 79.7 percent compared to Asian men. The
wage gap is lower for black and Hispanic women in part because wages for people of color tend
to be lower overall. This gap occurs within racial/ethnic groups as well. In 2010, according to the
Census Bureau, African Americans earned only 58.7 percent of what whites earned, while
Hispanics earned only 69.1 percent of what whites earned.