Take 5: Pay Gap

October 10, 2012When women are paid less—just because they are women—the implication is that they are worth less. This is why closing the gender pay gap is among the most important fronts in our fight for equality in the workplace and beyond.

But we can’t fix what we can’t see. Today’s Take 5 highlights the latest pay gap data from the United States and across the globe. With few exceptions, pay gaps remain entrenched—for now.

1) In the United States, the gender pay gap remained unchanged in 2011. Women earned 77 cents, on average, for every dollar earned by men—a number that has barely budged for years.

2) The six jobs with the deepest gap in pay between women and men in the United States are all within the financial sector: insurance agents, managers, clerks, securities sales agents, personal advisers, and other financial specialists.

3) The gender pay gap hits women of color particularly hard. In 2011, the earnings of African American women were $33,501—69.5 percent of all men's earnings—while Latinas’ earnings were $29,020, or 60.2 percent of all men’s earnings.

4) Looking globally, the gender pay gap remained relatively unchanged this past decade in 26 countries.

5) China and India have particularly steep pay gaps. Women in China earn 69 percent of what Chinese men earn, while Indian women earn 66 percent as much as Indian men.

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