American women’s wages won’t be equal to those of American men for another 45 years, says a recent study

  • Women earned 77 cents for every dollar  men earned last year
  • Most full-time employed women will be  retired by the time wages are equal between women and men
  • Stagnant wages may have to do with poor  family and medical leave policies in the American  workplace

By  Alexandra Klausner

PUBLISHED: 21:45 EST, 23  September 2013 |  UPDATED: 22:33 EST, 23 September 2013

The Census Bureau reported that Women earned  77 cents for every dollar that men earned last year. This figure has stayed  about the same since 2007 before the United States saw an economic  downturn.

Unfortunately, chances of women’s wages  going up any time soon are slim to none.
According  to a prediction by the Institute for Women’s Policy research(IWPR), the gender  wage gap won’t close until most of today’s employed women are already retired.

This think tank dedicated to women’s policy  issues claims that the difference between average full-time pay for women and  men isn’t expected to close until the year 2058.

Heidi Hartmann, the president of IWPR claims  that the time it will take for gender wage equality has actually become worse  since her initial analysis a few years ago.


This graph shows women’s median earnings as a percent of  men’s median earnings




Full-time employed women wont make as much wages as  full-time employed men until most of those women are already retired


Women’s wages have remained stagnant for the  past couple of years and this has slowed down the process of women’s wages being  equal to their male counterparts.

Heidi also claims that women are among the  nation’s current bottom earners and that wage growth among the lowest earning  population is very slow.

America also has sub par medical and family  leave policies and this has pushed women out of the workplace for centuries.

According to an article in The New York Times, out of 200 countries studied by California public health professor Judy Hymen,  180 of the countries offer guaranteed medical leave to new mothers, and 81 to  new fathers. The United States, offered none of the protections granted in other  more family conscious parts of the world.

70 per cent of American children live in  homes where both parents are employed. Surprisingly little has been done to  balance family and job workloads.

Gender equality has less to do with people’s  view of the differences between men and women and more to do with structural  obstacles-like those in the workplace- that keep people from acting on their  egalitarian values.

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