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ERIC Number: ED536572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 64
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-8799-2243-3
Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation
Corbett, Christianne; Hill, Catherine
American Association of University Women
Women are paid significantly less than men are in nearly every occupation. Because pay equity affects women and their families in all walks of life, it is not surprising that many women consider the issue important. For more than 130 years, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has advocated for gender equity in education and the workplace. During this time, women have gone from a small minority on college campuses to a majority of the student body. Today, women make up half the workforce, but they continue to earn less than men do throughout their careers. Why does this gender pay gap persist? This question is a focal point of AAUW's research and advocacy work. This report finds that women working full time already earn less than their male counterparts do just one year after college graduation. Taking a closer look at the data, the authors find that women's choices--college major, occupation, hours at work--do account for part of the pay gap. But about one-third of the gap remains unexplained, suggesting that bias and discrimination are still problems in the workplace. A bibliography is included. (Contains 13 figures and 8 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Eleanor Roosevelt Fund; Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle
Authoring Institution: American Association of University Women