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The struggle for equality continues

Written by: Abbie Baggerly

Pay among Americans differs widely, but women are known to have substantially lower wages. Historically, women’s rights have come far, but women are yet to be paid the same wages as men.

Since 2010, women who worked full-time only made 77 percent of what men earned, According to the Center for American Progress. It is totally unfair for women to get paid less than men. Gender should not determine how much an individual gets paid for their work.

According to a Huffington Post article, women are paid 77 cents for every dollar that men make, and that constitutes a difference of $11,000 annually.

Women go to college and earn a degree the same as men. They take the same classes, follow the same rules, and earn the same kind of diploma. Laws should mandate that if women and men earn the same degree in the same manner, they must get paid the same for an equal job.

Not only does the pay gap affect women, but it affects their families as well.  The Center for American Progress states that in 2010, women were the breadwinners for their families in 64 percent of households

Women tend to earn their college diplomas faster than men, and they receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Women have to work just as hard as men to earn their degrees, but they still get paid less.

What does a woman have to do to earn the same wages as men?

The most popular occupations for women are secretaries, teachers, waitresses, salespeople and maids, but these jobs do not pay the same wages for men.  According to the Center for American Progress, these are the jobs that will fuel America, but the salaries for these jobs do not reflect that truth.

Women make up only about 4.6% of the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies even though they are capable of holding positions of power.

Women learn the same and work the same, so why are women getting paid less?

Gender equality is still important today, especially where our wallets are concerned.

 

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