As many of you may know, March 8 is INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY! That’s right. A day where we celebrate around the world, the accomplishments of women, both from the past and now.
This year’s theme is #PressForProgress. What does that even really mean? Pressing for progress is acknowledging that there is gender parity, and working every day to change that.
What is gender parity? In an article written by Haley Swenson for New America, she states, “Gender parity is a statistical measure that compares a particular indicator among women, like average income, to the same indicator among men. Average income isn’t the only indicator to be looked at through a gender parity lens: Measuring gender parity, especially how it changes over time, gives policy makers and researchers a sense of whether we are progressing or regressing in any given area, and this is an important tool for anyone working toward gender progress.” Find the article here
The US Department of Labor and Statistics reported that in 2014, women who worked full-time, year-round, earned on average, 79% of men’s median annual earnings. Let’s take some time to really dig into these statistics. The “wage gap” is actually more complex than what we may think.
Many factors have helped contribute to closing in on the gap. For example, higher educational achievement. Historically speaking, men attained more education than women. Higher education doesn’t guarantee higher wages, but it helps.
As reported by the Department of Labor, “between 1975 and 2015, the share of women in the labor force age 25+ with a college degree increased from 14% to 41%.”
That is amazing!!!!!
That is just one example of how you #PressForChange.
There are other factors that have contributed to the “wage gap”. One major one is occupational choices. Most women work in the sales, or office industries. Of course not all sales, and office jobs pay low. Working in lower paying jobs, will obviously have you making less money.
Personal opinion: If you want to get paid more, work in the higher paying fields.
That is another way to #PressForProgress
I would love to hear your thoughts on this! Do you know of situations where a man was getting paid more, than a women for the same job? How often did this occur?
*Statistics from the Department of Labor can be found here