New Workers May See a Decreasing Gender Pay Gap

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Today, young working women begin their professional lives earning almost as much as men on average. According to one study by Pew Research Center, women from ages 25 to 34 received 93 percent as much pay as men in 2012. Although women still earn less than men do on average, this is the narrowest pay gap on record and is a tremendous improvement from 1980, when a woman made 67 cents to every dollar a man earned. Gender discrimination still exists, but this research indicates that at least in terms of pay scale, this type of discrimination may be improving.

Why is the Gender Pay Gap Decreasing?

Analysts have considered a wide range of reasons for the decreasing pay gap. Women of the Millennial Generation tend to have more education than their male peers; 38 percent of Millennial women hold bachelor’s degrees compared to 31 percent of Millennial men in 2013.

Women also now earn about 60 percent of all bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Additionally, 74 percent of women between 25 and 34 are in the workforce, while only 70 percent of men of the same age group are in the workforce.

Another potential factor could be the employment cuts in industries occupied largely by men, such as construction, manufacturing and finance. Conversely, some industries typically dominated by women, such as healthcare, are growing.

The gradual improvement in the gender pay gap began in 1980, after women saw a slow increase in their median hourly wages. In fact, one study found that single women in their 20s without children currently earn eight percent more than male peers.

Gender Inequality Still Exists in the Workplace

While this change could be a sign of increasing gender equality in the workplace, all women in the workforce still only earn about 83 percent of what men make. Additionally, this improvement may slow as more young women become mothers. In a survey, 51 percent of women with children under age 18 stated that their family responsibilities hindered their career progress. Only 16 percent of men claimed to experience the same issue.

Even if the gender pay gap shows improvement, women still experience gender discrimination, sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination. In 2012, over 30,000 sex-based charges were filed along with nearly 4,000 pregnancy discrimination charges. Clearly, much can still be done to make the workplace more comfortable, safe and equal for women.

Talk to Our Attorneys About Discrimination in the Workplace

If you feel your rights as an employee were violated, our Los Angeles employment attorneys are prepared to defend you. Our lawyers work diligently to see that victims of workplace discrimination and other issues receive the best legal representation possible. Speak with The Law Offices of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob by calling (310) 273-3180 for a personal consultation.

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