Tatiana Branch: The pay gap is real

aEvery wonder why the most successful people in the world are usually men? How can a man work the same job as a woman but still get more money? The reason behind this the huge gender gap between males and females.

At one point, women were making 77 cents to every dollar a man makes. Movie star Jennifer Lawerence, star of the Hunger Game movie series is making less then her male co-star, Josh Hutcherson.

In sports, it’s an even larger margin between women and men. The U.S. women’s national soccer team is currently fighting for equal pay. According to the Time website, the women national team makes about 40 percent of what their male counterparts make. However, in sports it’s a bit different because players make money based on their contract and endorsement deals.

The Atlantic said that women tend to be away from the job more often then men, which is why there is a gender pay gap. The main unpaid job for a woman is childcare. The Huffington Post said that women seem to be “buying flexibility to handle responsibilities outside of work.” The workforce believes that women are not taking their jobs seriously because they have other priorities to take care of.

bAccording to Business Insider, a big reason for the gender pay gap is that men take control of higher paying jobs that requires more physical work and crunching of numbers, whereas women tend to work jobs like teaching and social work. Women also do not negotiate their salary as often compared to men.

The NY Times said that the higher the level of education, the bigger the gender pay gap.  Having a college education makes people more appealing in the job market, but it makes employers nervous. Employers are not going to pay a man and woman the same amount of money even if they have the same education and skills. They are willing to pay men more because employers believe men will most likely stay with the job longer then women.




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