Women Still Get Paid Less Than Men
CHARLOTTE, NC- Today is International Women's Day, but the United States is still struggling when it comes to paying women as much as men. According to a new study from the Institute For Women's Policy Research the gender pay gap has been shrinking for decades but last year it got worse.
Equal pay for equal work sounds like a simple concept. Local mother Corretta Chafrin says she is not surprised when it comes to the gender gap, "I am not surprised that even still I am not making what I should make."
When it comes down to dollars and cents, Tiffany Wiggins says there seems to be only one winner in the workplace, "More men, more men, more men, even where I work when you look at the top of the chain it's always men."
SeiferFlatow Attorney, Mathew Flatow say the gender pay is an up-hill battle, "There are examples of women who have broken through the glass ceiling but it's not just an expression, it's real and it's out there and it's local."
In an economy that is getting better, it seems women's pay is getting worse. According to the Institute for women's policy research in 2012, women earned 80.9% of what men earned in terms of weekly pay. In dollar terms, that means women working full-time earned an average of $691 dollars a week while men earned $854 dollars a week.
Flatow says women are often put on a different track, "Employers fear pregnancy, they look at pregnancy as something that hurts the bottom line, it's unfair, it's no appropriate but it's one of those things where you can't prove it."
Still women like Corretta say they are pushing forward for the future generation, "It's going to be tougher for her because it's a male driven field, she needs to be able to do the best she can to compete."
The study excluded part-time jobs. For a closer look at the gender gap, visit The Institute For Women's Policy Research website.