The Gender Wage Gap: A Historical Perspective [Infographic]

Last week, Western Sugar Cooperative in Denver agreed to pay $550,000 to settle a claim that it discriminated against its female employees.

As reported by The Associated Press, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission said that the sugar processor denied women training, promotions and year-round employment, gave them less desirable assignments than men and paid them less.

The company denied the allegations but agreed to pay the sum and do more training and outreach, the EEOC said.

The $550,000 will be paid to Western Sugar employee Lorelei Kilker, who filed the original complaint, as well as an unspecified number of other female workers.

The Western Sugar case suggests that despite years of progress, women still have a long way yet to go to achieve parity in the workplace -- especially when it comes to pay.

A report released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that women nationwide earned about 19 percent less than their male counterparts. The figures, based on 2010 data, showed men earned a weekly median income of $824, while women brought home just $669.

The BLS noted that the amounts shown in its report didn't take into account many factors that may explain differences in earnings.

The BLS found that, among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, median weekly earnings of women in full-time wage and salary positions last year ranged from $530 in Arkansas to $835 in Connecticut.

States with the highest wages for women were in the Northeast. In addition to Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey also had wages above $800 a week and Maryland was close at $798, the BLS said.

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THE GENDER WAGE GAP IS A FEMINIST LIE! Woman lower earnings are the RESULT OF them taking LOWER PAYING JOBS. It has nothing to do with women being paid less for the same work which we all know is is lllegal! There are very few documented cases of women DELIBERATELY being paid less than men for the same work.

I can name A THOUSAND good paying jobs WOMEN WILL NOT TAKE! Power Lineman, Heavy Equipment Operator, Logger, Quarryman, Iron Worker, Dock Worker, Plumber, Road Worker and on and on.

Women will not take jobs that require heavy lifting, lots of physical exertion, getting dirty, outdoors in weather extremes, involve danger or risk, require them to be away for their families for long periods, have hours that conflict with the child care needs, are male dominated, etc, etc,

They instead choose lower paying retail, service, office, personal care, administrative, food service and low level managerial positons.

Women ELiMINATE THEMSELVES from many good paying jobs which causes an earnings disparity.

THAT IS THE TRUTH! But the Feminists continue to push the "Women Are Victims" agenda and claim it i caused by discriminatation!

October 15 2011 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In years past, women were told in around about way, that because they had husbands and their income was supplimental to their husbands, they were paid less. No matter what the laws read. companies will always find a way to get around them. It really hurts women today because in many cases they are the only ones in the household able to find these low paying jobs. Husbands are unable to find work of any kind!

October 11 2011 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Women worked for less money because her salary was a suppliment to her husbands. We have always had well educated women ,but they were steered to teaching, nursing, bookkeeping. Fields that did not command a big salary. Devotion and dedication were enough. In todays real world she wants to be a principal, doctor, accountant in addition to lawyer, business leader, scientist. jet fighter pilot or any thing she wants with no restrictions but she must be fairly compensated. If not then her boss will never hire her husband, brother, father or son.

October 11 2011 at 6:14 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I really enjoyed reading the article on the Gender Wage Gap. Very insightful on how the gender income is changing.

October 11 2011 at 2:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the gaps is not 77% as the pictures indicates. Women's pay is 77% om men's. Very sloppy graphic which indicate othe possibly sloopt thinking.

October 10 2011 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Disparities in pay based on gender violate federal law. If such discrimination exists, it should be exposed, and it should be remedied pursuant to the law. On the other hand, while women have disproportionately chosen to avoid dangerous jobs, such jobs usually -- as well as lawfully and reasonably -- pay more than non-dangerous jobs. Not surprisingly, here in the U.S. male workers disproportionately account for the vast majority (approximately 92 percent according to the U.S. Department of Labor) of work-related fatalities and the vast majority of serious, disabling work-related injuries. (All 29 miners killed in the 2010 Upper Big Branch West Virginia coal mine disaster were male as were all 11 workers who perished in the 2010 BP oil rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana.) 92% (men) vs. 8% (women) for U.S. workplace fatalities: that's not a gender gap, that's a gender CHASM. Yet, where is the clamor from AOL/feminists to narrow, much less, eliminate it? I haven't heard any.

October 10 2011 at 5:55 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

As the manager of an automotive parts warehouse, the women & men were paid the same wage. The only difference was that the men could perform the jobs that the women were doing (pulling orders with gaskets, spark plugs etc) but the women couldn't do the jobs the men were doing (pulling orders with brake rotors & drums, heavy exhaust systems etc). I do understand that "once in a great while" there was a woman that could do it, but that was rare. I found this to be unfair.

October 10 2011 at 3:46 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

I was number one in my college in Computers. Top honors throughout school. I had to do chores every day at home as well as numerous side jobs. My brother was always below me in school. My parents helped my brother while I had to work and go to college while I was married. My father told me that women were not meant to use their heads. Well I have a BS in Computer Science and soon a BS in Biology. It takes longer when there is no support. Yet women we can do it and I will not stop fighting for women everywhere. My brother never did chores at home and he did not work until his first full time job. Boy I know about discrimination against women. My mother was right there helping the guys discriminate against her own daughter.

October 10 2011 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Your Momma

One more way women are trying to squeeze more money out of men. You want to be treated fairly, grow a set. Dont take maternity leave and then complain you arent making enough. Dont go home early when you are on your period complaining of migraines. Stop freaking gossiping at work. Women expect fair and equal treatment but wont work for it.

October 10 2011 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I work in male dominated careers - a) men want kids but don't want to take the time to raise the kids. b) men do just as much gossiping PLUS suck up - sports talk and then go out drinking after work again leaving their wives to raise the kids. c) most women don't run home every month .men are far bigger babies when they get sick. apparently you have never had a real migraine, it feels like a porta power (you do know what that is right - mister manly) in your head and throwing up, sensitivity to even a night light. d) More men sneak out in groups for their non break cigarettes because if there is a group they won't get written up by their male supervisor buddy who is probably out there with them. Believe me I've seen plenty of lazy brown nosing men.

October 10 2011 at 7:04 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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