By: Nicole Mclaren
Your gender can indicate and in a way predict how much you will make in our lifetime. Truth be told that is not the only physical feature that can have an impact on your income, your race, nationality, sexuality, are some of the other things that could also do that. These things along with opportunities, social-economic status and community can play a large role in determining how much money you are able to make during your life.
Looking at women across different ethnicities, we each make less than our male counterpart. Asian and white men make the most with Asian and white women falling behind them. While Latino, Native Americans and African-American women make the least but are closer to closing the gender pay gap with males with the same ethnic background. This pay gap between males and females stays pretty much the same as education levels increase, which shows us that it is not the sole variable. The largest gap between the genders when looking at occupation is “Financial Managers” and “Software Developers”. Even controlling for other factors like education, job field, and race there is still a gap between men and women.
Many people dispute the fact that the gender pay gap is real and that it should be written off by other variables. To those people, I want to say that this utterly false. It is our duty to address not only the gender pay gap but to use these facts to address the other factors that influence income inequality. We must think about these intersecting variables and how they can have real implications on people’s lives.
Unless we do something to address these issues the gender pay gap is not going to close and women will continue to make less than men for another 50 years. That is a huge chunk of our lives that we are contributing to the economy as workers and not being fairly compensated. If you feel like you and your fellow women deserve to be paid equally I encourage you to get involved with local women’s organizations. You can start here by becoming involved with American Association of University Women (AAUW), they provide important education about women’s rights and also are politically active. I used their data to write this. Just click on the link for opportunities to get locally, politically involved or provide financial support.