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ERIC Number: ED496176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 64
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-1-8799-2237-1
Behind the Pay Gap
Dey, Judy Goldberg; Hill, Catherine
American Association of University Women Educational Foundation
Women have made remarkable gains in education during the past three decades, yet these achievements have resulted in only modest improvements in pay equity. The gender pay gap has become a fixture of the U.S. workplace and is so ubiquitous that many simply view it as normal. "Behind the Pay Gap" examines the gender pay gap for college graduates. One year out of college, women working full time earn only 80 percent as much as their male colleagues earn. Ten years after graduation, women fall farther behind, earning only 69 percent as much as men earn. Controlling for hours, occupation, parenthood, and other factors normally associated with pay, college-educated women still earn less than their male peers earn. Despite the progress women have made, gender pay equity in the workplace remains an issue. Improvements to federal equal pay laws are needed to ensure that women and men are compensated fairly when they perform the same or comparable work. Flexibility, meaningful part-time work opportunities, and expanded provisions for medical and family leave are important to help women and men better balance work and family responsibilities. Making gender pay equity a reality will require action by individuals, employers, and federal and state governments. The methodology is appended. (Contains 24 figures.) [This report was published by the American Association of University (AAUW) Women Educational Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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