By Jean Hannah Edelstein
1 December 2018
That women make 80¢ to every dollar that men make in the United States is often cited as a fallacy by critics of feminism, and for once it seems that they were right – new research indicates that the gender pay gap is much bigger than previously accounted for. While the difference is usually calculated based on how much money men and women respectively make working full-time over the course of a year, the new data from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research takes a look at women and men’s income over 15 years.
They found that over this time span, women make on average 49¢ to every dollar that men make – yes, less than half. And the reason is simple: women are more than twice as likely than men are to leave paid work to look after their children, or their ageing parents, or both.
The problem gets worse – unsurprisingly – the longer that we drop out of the workforce. Men and women who take a year out suffer approximately the same penalty to their income, but women who stay at home for four years are paid 65% less than other women who continued working, whereas men who drop out for the same amount of time make 57% as much as other men who don’t take the same amount of time out.
Read the full article in The Guardian.