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Why do women still earn less than men?

 

February 5, 2013



BY PAM STEVENS | MANAGING EDITOR

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor women still earn less than men.

This is happening all over the country with Montana women earning the least compared to men and Connecticut earning the most. Washington state doesn’t look so good either.

They reported: “In 2011, Washington women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median weekly earnings of $743 or 74.5 percent of the $997 median weekly earnings for their male counterparts, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Richard J. Holden noted that the women’s to men’s earnings ratio in Washington decreased 2.0 percentage points from the previous year. Nationwide, women earned $684 per week or 82.2 percent of the $832 median for men.”

I sat and pondered these findings for a moment and what they really mean to workers.

They do state that gender based jobs available in each state differentiates. For example, there may be a lot more industrial type jobs that men tend to apply for in one state compared to another state where there may be a higher level of administrative jobs in which women tend to navigate toward over men.

I know this doesn’t mean that there are female jobs and male jobs but we all know certain industries tend to employ certain genders.

Let’s face it, I certainly don’t want to be hanging from girders building skyscrapers but I am sure there are some women out there who would love this, not any of them my friends.

And I know that the last thing my husband wants to do is secretarial type work but women are quite good at organization, logistics and people skills, which we all know has a lot to do with that type of job.

I would still hate to think that firefighters, police officers, teachers and really most any job, they are paid on the same pay scale, no matter their gender.

I believe that a job should have a compensation package before it is offered to any employee and before they have decided who they will higher. Job compensation should be based on whether they are a man or woman. I certainly hope this idea has changed over the last 50 years.

 

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