If you're planning on seeing women make the same amount of money as men, don't hold your breath.
The American Association of University Women's annual report on the gender pay gap found that women won't make what men do until 2152, if the wage gap continues to close at the relatively slow rate it has been since 2001.
Women currently make on average 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. For women of color, the number is less — 60 cents for every dollar — which is even more infuriating, seeing how Black women are the most educated group in the US.
Obviously, something is seriously wrong.
The gender gap exists and though researchers can't pinpoint one specific reason, all signs point to systemic sexism.
Women are more likely to leave their positions to take on primary parenting roles, giving men more time to climb the professional ladder, and subsequently, make more money. Careers traditionally seen as "men's" jobs tend to pay more as well, which is why initiatives that encourage girls to get interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) are so important.
Even so, the report also confirmed that women joining these fields won't close the wage gap. Women who code or do work that makes more than stereotypical "female" jobs still make less than their male counterparts.
What's worse: When women do join the overwhelming ranks of men in these fields, they're oftentimes pushed out due to sexism on part of said men.
A report from McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) recently found that domestic violence largely contributes to the gap as the majority of victims are women whose abusive partners force them to leave their jobs, or make women show up late or with bruises and appear less reliable or worthy for raises or promotions.
It's no suprise we have a long way to go, but thankfully, things are looking up.
In 2009, Barack Obama signed the first piece of legislation to make the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act a law. The act will have businesses provide their workers' salaries to ensure all employees, female and workers of color in particualr, get paid equally for equal work.
Until then, ask for what you deserve ladies. If all else fails, use this wage gap alarm clock.
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