AAAU publishes gender gap statistics by state

style-not-equal-hiThe American Association of University Women (AAAU) has published a set of statistics on the subject of the gender gap in pay in this country.

The figure for Virginia (pdf) is 78 cents on the dollar. That’s $0.78 earned by a woman while a man earned a dollar. For doing the same work.

The most recent data available is from 2011, so there is an outside chance the disparity has shrunk. I am not holding my breath. The idea that women in this country are devalued every workday is a ludicrous one. Here we are, solving all kinds of complex problems: the environment/energy problem, the gene-splicing problem, the violence problem. You mean to tell me that the value of a worker is less because that person happens to be a woman?

To me, this makes the least sense of any of the discrimination we see every day. No wonder women and men are pushing hard for legislation that will correct this problem. The ideology of sexism is the least defensible. As usual, in the past, the powers that be could stop women from voting, from owning property, from going to the school of their choice, and here we are arguing about allowing this to continue, in 2013.

Women have had to fight bias since the beginning of time. Let’s welcome them to the community of equals. Now.


10 thoughts on “AAAU publishes gender gap statistics by state

  1. Please re-read the Virginia statistics and correct your post. AFTER correcting for hours worked, job chosen, etc., the pay gap is down to 7 cents, not 22. The 22-cent figure is BEFORE those corrections.

  2. Some research also shows that gap, at this point in history, has more to do with women than it does with their employers. For example men are statistically more demanding about pay, while women are, statistically, are less likely to be as assertive as men when it comes to demanding more money and more likely to take a job paying less money (IE when the husband already has a good paying job). Also when you consider, like Warren pointed out, differences in job types, it makes sense that some women get paid less than some men for the same job. If the job entails physical labor, statistically and biologically, on average, women are less physically able then men, so a male in the same field would have a higher chance of getting paid more for the “same job.”

    No legislation is going to equalize pay completely. Regardless of gender, race, whatever, some people simply deserve more money than someone else for doing the exact same job simply because they are better at it. Given biological, cultural, and geographic factors those discrepancies are unavoidable.

    1. First you said differences in job types, then you said ‘exact same job’. I am pretty sure the AAAU study compared closely comparable jobs within many categories to come up with their conclusions.

      1. I said both and I meant both based on different factors. My mom owns a daycare center that at one point had over 140 kids. When you’re dealing with children, you have to make decisions based on mostly intangible factors. Plenty of other industries are like that as well. In the case of daycare, women are simply, in my opinion, better at dealing with young children, so they are going to get paid more than a man, with the exact same resume and experience, because they can stop a baby from crying faster and discipline older children without making them start crying. That’s not discrimination, that’s good business sense. If she didn’t discriminate and just hired people based on who turns in the best resumes and is best “qualified” it would be a disaster. We know because we tried that when she opened and went from 40 kids to 140 in two weeks. Just because two people have identical pieces of paper that says they can do something and identical job histories in that field does not mean they deserve the same pay. Honestly that’s just a ridiculous and completely unrealistic concept to subscribe to.

  3. There is also the fact that, when they are younger, women’s health insurance costs are higher. They also take more sick leave than men do, and are more likely to leave work to have children. Including these costs would probably make that last seven-cent gap disappear.

      1. Certainly. I’m taking out some special characters in the hope that this will not get blocked by the spam filter.

        Women take more 50% sick days: http COLON SLASH SLASH business DOT time DOT com/2008/02/05/why_do_women_take_more_sick_le/

        Health insurance for women is more expensive: http COLON SLASH SLASH www DOT denverpost DOT com/frontpage/ci_13636522

        Women quitting work to be mothers:
        “Nevins is part of a growing trend, featured in a Time magazine report, in which more professional women are opting out of the rat race, at least temporarily. For the first time, the percentage of workplace participation by married mothers with children less than a year old fell from 59 percent in 1997 to 53 percent in 2000 — a significant change, even though it impacts only a small group, experts say.”
        http COLON SLASH SLASH abcnews DOT go DOT com/GMA/story?id=127965&page=1#.UWcLpuOQ6is

        The last is “iffy,” but the preception amoung employers may be that if a woman has children, she is more likely to quit than a father would be. Plus the cost of maternity leave — the job must be held for her, a replacement found in the meantime, etc.

        Are you going to correct your post?

        1. No. I reported on the study performed by the AAAU, and that is what the story is about. If you want, you can write a blog post yourself explaining the differences. That’s a different article than this one.

          Thanks for looking stuff up, always good to cover your bases.

          1. You reported incorrectly, Mark. The report says, “[After] controlling for factors known to affect earnings, such as occupation, college major, and hours worked, a 7 percent pay gap persists between male and female college graduates just one year after graduation.”

            You incorrectly reported that as a 22% pay gap.

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