The Gender Pay Gap

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A perceived considerable issue in modern society is inequality outcome among different groups of people. If a society seeks to have equal outcome for all individuals then all inequalities must be corrected. Many strides have been made in the equal rights for women over the years but one factor that remains unequal and a topic of huge concern to modern feminists and or egalitarians is the gender pay gap. The gender pay gap is simply the comparison of average median income of men compared to women. According to the US Department of Commerce in 2012, women on average make 77% of money compared to what men earn (DeNavas-Walt, Proctor, & Smith, 2013). A more recent study done by the AAUW (American Association of University Women) state the percentage is closer to 80 (Miller, 2017). While many different sources vary the exact percentage of the disparity, there is an undeniable disparity between the average income for men and women. There are different beliefs as to the reasons for this disparity. The most commonly held belief as to the disparity of pay between men and women is due to sexism or discrimination against women. An article by the Washington Post also notes the 80% disparity and looks to examine some reasons for it (G.V., 2017). The main argument against the belief of the gender pay gap is that many of the factors that contribute to average income are not properly accounted for. This article acknowledges that these factors such as occupation, working hours, experience,

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