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Does the gender wage gap really exist?

Take a look at equal pay and the gender wage gap by the numbers.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Apr 30, 2013 7:49PM

Ever wondered how your salary stacks up compared to the rest of the country? Take a look at our infographic to learn about wage growth over the decades, as well as jobs and locations where pay and gender gaps are wide.

Infographic: Gender wage gap / MSN

Tell us: What are your thoughts on the gender wage gap?

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May 11, 2013 6:39PM
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It is funny how everyone is a whiner today.  Women want more, minorities want more, welfare people want more, gays want more, muslims want more, illegals want more, prisoners want more, kids want more, the church wants more, government wants more and more and more.  The only ones not whining are white males whom nobody cares  if they do want.  Keep whining and soon there will be nothing left to give.
May 11, 2013 7:00AM
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I have worked since I was 15 years old (not counting paper routes before that) and with the exception of the Postal Service, I have had to work between 50% and 100% harder than women in the same positions while being far less eligible for promotion.  At my current position women outnumber men probably 5 to 1, yet when it comes to any hard work it's "call one of the men".  I do not believe there is any wage gap at all.  There is only a "victimization" problem.  When women do what I do, I have respect for them as an equal.  When they want to do half the work, demand all the rewards and cry and point their finger from point a to point b... I do not have any respect at all.

 

May 11, 2013 2:15AM
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do welfare moms make less than welfare dads
May 11, 2013 1:43AM
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Funny for anyone who would put a thumbs down for my prior comment, as someone else said "truth hurts".

I grant you there are outliers but outliers by definition are outside the norm, having said that I will restate...there existed a pay gap based on gender discrimination years ago BUT women have come along way since then.

If as a whole there exists a pay gap I am convinced it is due to CHOICES made by women and men alike AND on the whole it is NOT based on gender discrimination. So how do you fix it...well on the whole women need to make the same CHOICES that men do and vice versa. Comparing Apples to apples, works. Comparing Apples to oranges, doesn't work.

Again, Apples to Apples versus Apples to Oranges. Challenge that logic. 
May 11, 2013 1:37AM
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As a woman, I'm aware that some inequities persist. The Bureau of Labor data, however, show that women between the ages of 20-35 make well over 90 cents on the dollar, rather than 77 cents. The 77 cents includes all women, regardless of age. If anything, the data show that things are improving for the younger generation. Yay feminism! In many ways, we won the war -- there are just a few minor battles left in the Western World. Let's continue to fight them, without losing perspective.

 

The remaining gap for younger women seems to be a combination of factors, such as women not negotiating a higher salary at the outset, taking time off to have children which sets us back in terms of career, and other factors, some of which include a persistent sexism. Statistically speaking, the sexism is a minor factor, however.

 

I think we would be better off as women if we decided to learn how to negotiate a better salary than choose to fight statistical assumptions that don't do much except further a few political talking points. 

May 11, 2013 1:25AM
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These pay gap studies are bogus if not flat out lies. If there exists a pay gap in 2013 it is very small (pennies on the dollar). Why do I say that. Well I agree with many of the comments, if you were to track ttwo individuals, one male and one female both attending the same school / college, both similar GPAs and skill levels, both in the same occupations and both work their entire career without taking significant time off for children, etc. I bet you get an entirely different answer than the one in the study. I would expect in this example if a pay gap existed again it would be very, very small.
May 11, 2013 1:24AM
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I have a solution to this problem.  Let the women go home and take care of their children who are wasting away in day care centers.  This country was much stronger when women were home to take care of their families and their families didn't eat microwave dinners every night.  Families have suffered tremendously since women decided to become men.  Women were the backbone of the American family.  Children want their mothers back.  Go home and take care of them.  America will be better for it.
May 11, 2013 1:14AM
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Of course the wage gender gap exists. If you are a working woman-and I am-we KNOW. Now the question should be is anyone going to do something about it? I doubt it.
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