Presistent Earnings Gap
Link between Wages and Job Segregation
Green and white buttons marked “59¢” have been much in evidence at women's-rights gatherings in recent years. The buttons are part of a campaign begun by the National Organization for Women (NOW) to call attention to the fact that a woman, on average, makes only 59 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Women working full time, year-round in 1979, the latest year for which statistics are available, had median annual earnings of $10,168 compared to $17,062 for full-time male workers. The difference between men's and women's pay is actually wider today than it was in 1963 — the year the federal Equal Pay Act was enacted. Women earn substantially less than men at the same ...