A New Report Suggests The Gender Wage Gap Is Wider Than You Thought

By Anna Orso
The Philadelphia Inquirer

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Ok so we thought women made 79 cents to every dollar a man made but when studied over time, women actually make about 49 cents for every dollar a man does.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order aimed at improving the state’s gender wage gap in June, he held up a plastic bag with 79 cents in it to visualize how much women make on average for every dollar earned by a man.

Apparently, the guv could have taken 30 cents out of that bag, and it might have been more accurate.

A new study out of a D.C.-based think tank suggests the national gender wage gap is far greater than the figures often bandied about by policymakers and women’s advocates. When studied over time, women actually make about 49 cents for every dollar a man does.

The study, released this week by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, takes a wider look at the issue than other researchers who calculate the wage gap by comparing annual salary or hourly wages.

Instead, the researchers examined wages in three 15-year periods since 1968 as an aggregate, rather than comparing earnings for full-time workers in a single year. That means the long-term study accounted for workers who dropped out of the labor force temporarily, showing that women were far more likely to take time off for child or family care, and their earnings losses for that time were greater than men’s.

The report, titled “Still a Man’s Labor Market,” was based on 50 years’ worth of data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics out of the University of Michigan, a nationally-representative survey of 18,000 people. The authors found that while there’s been considerable progress over time, the narrowing of the gender wage gap has slowed in the last 15 years. It also remains higher for women of color.

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