After all these years, a woman earns just 77 cents for every $1 a man earns in the United States. That’s according to data compiled by the Census Bureau and reported in today’s New York Times.
It’s not that women work part-time. The numbers are for women working full-time. It’s not that women are less educated. In fact, the US Department of Labor reports that over 23 percent of young women hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) while just 14.3 percent of young men do. (That’s looking at 23-year-olds. See more figures here .) Overall, young women are more likely to graduate from high school and to attend college. Once enrolled in college, women are less likely than men to leave college without graduating.
I could go on. And I will in future postings.
For now, there is hope. The Paycheck Fairness Act has just been re-introduced in the Senate and the House. Last December, Senate Republicans kept the bill from reaching the Senate floor, where it would most likely have passed by a big majority.
Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, if you are a woman, ask yourself: What would I do with an extra 23 cents, or an extra $23,000 this year?