Gender Wage Gap And Gender Inequality

855 Words Apr 4th, 2016 4 Pages
In general, the wage gap has narrowed at a slow, and uneven, pace over last three decades. Recent data shows that women in the American workforce earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns (Trevino). The existence of this “gender wage gap” has been an issue since women entered the workforce. The ongoing issue of the past has now become an apparent problem in our modern-day, progressive society. Women nowadays have opportunities that were not obtainable in past decades but must overcome, or ignore, the barrier of being punished in the long run for simply being a woman. While there have been major progresses in breaking through the norms and social constructs, women face other challenges, including discrimination and sexism (Gender). Despite the ongoing struggle to reach wage equality between the sexes through various legislative initiatives and the ever increasing involvement of women in the American workforce, the wage gap has only closed by a marginal 15 percent over the last four decades (Dale and Levine). The occupations that have been chosen to compare are social workers, which are comprised of 80.6 % women Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, which has a trend of being more gender neutral with 47.5 % employed being women, and surveying and mapping technicians, a male dominated position with only 4.3 % being women (Women). The education requirements for the first two occupations are similar with bachelor’s degrees being the norm; the third…
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