Cameron Soltis: Gender pay gap affects us all

UntitledIn the year 2014 women working full-time jobs were paid only 79 percent of what men were being paid.

Women’s integration into education and workforce have helped shrink the gap. Unfortunately the progression has slowed. The gap affects women of all backgrounds, but some groups suffer more than others. In fact, “among full-time workers in 2014, Hispanic, African American, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian women had lower median annual earnings compared with non-Hispanic white and Asian American women.

Age also plays a prominent role in the pay gap. Though both men and women who work full-time jobs reach their peak income around the age of 45 and then drop off around 65, females earn 90 percent of what males earn up until they reach 35. After that, women earn 76–81 percent of what the men are paid.

Women have made great strides and have come a very long way. But data does not lie and there is still a significant gender pay gap. The income inequality between sexes is alive and well. It is unfair and unfortunate that our society looks down on a certain individuals because of their gender and ethnicity. If someone is qualified to get the job done, it should have no bearing on whether the individual is a women or man. The pay should reflect the difficulty of the job how well the job gets done, not the gender of worker.



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