The Wage Gap Myth Differences in average pay for women and men are apparently due to the life and work choices they make, say analysts. Many organizations are protesting wage discrimination on Tuesday, April 16, 2002 -- Equal Pay Day -- but the reality is that when women behave in the workplace as men do, the wage gap is small.
Women's wages hold up quite well to men's wages when comparing specific job categories (see figure I):
Despite these and other factors, over the last 20 years women's earnings have jumped at least 12 percentage points relative to men's earnings.
Source: Denise Venable, "The Wage Gap Myth," NCPA Brief Analysis No. 392, April 12, 2002, National Center for Policy Analysis.
For text: http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba/ba392/
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