April 23rd 2007
April 23rd 2007
A recent study made by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation, based in Washington D.C, reported that a dramatic pay gap emerges between women and men in America the year after they graduate from college and widens over the ensuing decade. In fact, one year after graduation, for the same field, women earn 80% of what men earn, and 69% after 10 years of employment. The sudy took for account factors like the number of hours worked, occupations and parenthood. Still, the gap persists in every situation.
One of the question that led the study was : ''If a woman makes the same choices as a man, will she recevive the same pay at the end?''. Unfortunately, the answer is no. One of the main reason to explain this gap is the evidence of discrimination at work, one of the most important issue women have been fighting against for the past century. The study had revealed another interesting fact. It is said in it that about one quarter of the pay is attributable to the gender. When a man or a woman gets out of college and gets hired for the first time, they should arguably be the least likely to show a gender pay gap, since neither tend to be parents yet and they enter the work force without significant experience.
Wage equity is one of the problems feminists have desperately been denouncing for many decades. It is somehow frustrating to see, with the conclusions of this study in addition to reality facts, that modern societies of ours, where human rights and freedom are being favored, are still under the dictature of yesterday's stereotypes.