Wage Gap Exposed!

As a millennial, you may be where I am and wondering what is this Wage Gap and how does it impact me specifically? The wage gap is the difference between what a man and woman make for the same job considering they have the same education, knowledge and experience. Some people think this is none existing but as you will see from the information below, there are way too many statistics and actions that are taking place to EXPOSE the truth about wage gap and what we need to think about as we plan to enter the workforce ourselves.
There have been multiple attempts to close the gap. President Obama signed an executive order to help those who feel discriminated against to have a path to fight the wage gap as well as some other acts.

There is a video provided by the Department of Labor that sums up the wage gap pretty well. While it is slightly comical, it has a lot of good information.

What people don’t understand is that women across the world are struggling. This means your mom, girlfriend, wife or daughters. They have to work harder to be able to earn the same amount men do. And the gap is even impacted by Race and Age! Women of different races are struggling even more. As you can see in the following chart, Hispanic women are making the least, while Asian women have the smallest gap – but no matter what race women are still making less then men!!

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Take a look at the wage gap by Education. We see that initially the difference is not as much as ones with advanced degrees! educationandwagegap-fromcnn

On the charts below, yoiu can see the race and education impact broken down as well. the-simple-truth-figure-7

Take a look at what the “WAGE GAP IMPACT ” is for women. This is mind boggling!

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What people don’t understand is that women across the world are struggling. This means your mom, girlfriend, wife or daughters. They have to work harder to be able to earn the same amount men do. And the gap is even impacted by Race and Age! Women of different races are struggling even more. As you can see in the following chart, Hispanic women are making the least, while Asian women have the smallest gap – but no matter what race women are still making less then men!!

“Same job same employer means EQUAL pay for men and women. “

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Men have feelings that equality needs to happen similarly to women. The men can have daughters, sisters, wives, mothers and more that are being treated unfairly. They are also advocating for change because these women are a part of their lives.

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We can Do Something About it!
If enough men and women can come together, we really can make a difference. According to the Center for American Progress, there are a few things that can be done to shrink the gap like supporting pay transparency which is talking to coworkers about their wages, investing in education, passing new legislations and petitioning for new policies. These are all doable things if enough people can come together to help a bigger cause.

In the book Why Men Earn More by Warren Farrell, he discusses some reasons as to why the gap may exist. There is one point he brings up that seems to fit some ideas of women across the U.S and the world. He talks about women believe they earn less than men (which they do), but because of this they stay home to take care of the children and clean the house while the husband does the work. This is how things once were, but shouldn’t be the idea in the current year. Women have come so far and deserve to be treated just as equally.
We can make a difference by working for Fair work pay, more transparency with corporate salary structures and learning to negotiate and stand up for unfairness. Women should not be penalized because of their sex when they are performing the same jobs – at the same time – we need to empower women to learn what they are worth and how to fight for their rights.

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