ECONOMIC JUSTICE

Gender Wage Gap by Occupation: Women are Four Times More Likely than Men to Work in Jobs with Poverty-Level Wages

IWPR released an analysis finding that 6.5 million women work in occupations that have full-time median earnings below the federal poverty threshold for a family of four, compared with 1.7 million men. Women earn more than men in only four occupations of the 119 with enough data to calculate a wage gap (police and sheriff’s patrol officers, office clerks, data entry keyers, and wholesale and retail buyers). Women in the vast majority of occupations—108 of 119—earn at least five cents less on the dollar than men in the same occupation.

Across occupations, the widest gender wage gap is in finance, where male ‘securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents’ are paid nearly twice as much as women, who make 52.5 cents for every dollar earned by men in the same occupation.

Read coverage of the findings in Vox, “The gender wage gap isn’t about women’s choices. It’s about how we value their work.”

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5 Points to Bring Up to Win an Argument about the Gender Wage Gap

IWPR published a post by IWPR President Heidi Hartmann, Vice President & Executive Director Barbara Gault, and Program Director Ariane Hegewisch, which outlined five points to remember about gender wage gap statistics. The authors argue, “Just because the explanation of the gender wage gap is multi-faceted does not make it a lie.”

Other coverage highlights from Equal Pay Day:

Fortune |“Here Are 5 of the Most Infuriating Facts About the Wage Gap”

NY Mag |“A Man’s Guide for Celebrating Equal Pay Day”

Time |“Women Can’t Wait Until 2059 for Equal Pay”

Elle |“Women Don’t Make Less Than Men Because of Their ‘Choices’”