A Brief Note On Today 's Wage Gap

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Today’s Wage Gap Many believe they are living in a country that helps the deprived succeed, but in one specific area the underprivileged are the ones oppressed. Much is unknown about how wages are distributed between coworkers. In the land of the free, one should be able to question their employer and not be at risk of getting fired from their job or reaping retributions from asking questions about pay. When women are forced to think of asking such questions, it denies the equality that women have tried for generations to achieve. At odds with what the United States preaches about “equality” in today’s modern society, men are still receiving higher pay than their women colleagues for the same work produced at the same job place.
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Owens and this man had even “sat through similarly mind-numbing meetings.”
Owens thought she and this fellow employee were “virtually equals, until the day she found out that she made less.” This knowledge caused Owens to ponder questions such as: “was she worth less than her male colleague?” and “did she not deserve to make as much as her friend did?” (“For Me, the Pay Gap Is Personal”) The politically correct definition of the wage gap is “a statistical indicator often used as an index of the status of women’s earnings relative to men’s. It is also used to compare the earnings of other races and ethnicities to those of white males” (“The Wage Gap”). Some given statistics—per Jane Farrell and Sarah Jane Glynn of the Center for American Progress—that attribute to the wage gap were: 2.4 % race/ethnicity, 3.5 % union status, 10.5 % labor force experience, 21.9 % industry, and 27.4 % occupation. While a -6.7 % in educational attainment helped to ease the gender wage difference. These figures account for 59% of the reason for a wage gap, but 41% is still unaccounted for. Howard J. Wall can be quoted in The Regional Economist’s article “The Gender Wage Gap and Wage Discrimination: Illusion or Reality?”, which was published on the website of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, claiming that “the unexplained portion of the gender wage gap could be due to wage discrimination.” This discrimination,
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