ERIC Number: ED485717
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-19
Public Perceptions of the Pay Gap
Hill, Catherine; Silva, Elena
American Association of University Women Educational Foundation
Women have made gains toward closing the gender pay gap during the past two decades. Much of the progress occurred during the 1980s, with smaller gains in the 1990s (Institute for Women's Policy Research 2004). Women's achievements in higher education are partly responsible for narrowing the pay gap in the 1980s and 1990s. As more women earned college and professional degrees, women's overall earnings increased, even while individuals continued to face a pay gap at every educational level. Most recently, progress has slowed, and the pay gap now stands at about 25 cents; that is, women working full time earn about 75 percent of what men working full time earn. Do Americans know about this disparity? Why do they think there is a pay gap? This report examines Americans' perceptions of the pay gap based on an American Association of University Women (AAUW) commissioned poll conducted by Lake, Snell, Perry, Mermin & Associates between March 23 and March 29, 2005, and compares these perceptions to recent research on the pay gap. Appended are: (1) Trends in Median Usual Weekly Earnings of Full-Time Wage and Salary Workers; and (2) Methodology. (Contains 13 footnotes, 6 tables, and 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: American Association of Univ. Women Educational Foundation, Washington, DC.