Bridging the Wage Gap

February 25, 2011

According to the mint.com, “Employers in the United States have come a long way in bridging the gender pay gap — but the fact is that it still exists. In 1979, women earned 62% as much as men, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio gradually increased through the next two decades, but peaked at 81% in 2005 and 2006 and has stayed relatively flat since then.” So why are women still not caught up to men?  Well I think there are several reasons, but some may not be as obvious. One main reason I think this gap still exists  is because women are putting their careers on hold to become moms or stay at home wives. I also think that some women just don’t want to move up the corporate ladder. Actually, I believe this is due to biological reasons. Women and Men are programmed differently. Men were the hunters and women were the gathers. So over thousands of years we  have been bred to be the ones who stay at home and nurture whereas men were the ones out hunting for our food. When you think about it not much has changed. Men are still instinctually going to want to “bring home the bacon” and women are still going want to nurture and take care of the family. Another reason I believe women are still behind men is because men still out number women in the workforce especially in top executive positions like CEO’s. When was the last time you heard of a women who was a CEO? I know I rarely hear about any women who are in top executive positions.

So the question becomes, what can we do about this? Well I’m not sure if there is anything we can do other than let nature take its course. When it comes to evolution things will change accordingly and maybe women in the workplace will just have to evolve with time. I think since it has only been a short time since women were even allowed to vote, we have actually come a long way. So maybe it is just a matter of time before women catch up to men in the workplace. Feel free to leave me any comments!

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