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Women’s Wage Still 20 Percent Below Males in Similar Positions

A recent study found that in 2019, women earned 80.8 percent of what a man earned in a similar position, though some jobs, like financial managers, judges and chief executives, make well below that mark.

(TNS) — A Pew Research Center analysis said that women on average earned 84 percent of what men earned for a similar job in 2020. The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey found that the median earnings for a woman working full-time, year-round, is closer to 80.8 percent.

This means if women and men put in their time at work based on the same pay rate, women would be done for the year by Oct. 21.

Financial managers (67.1 percent), Judges and other judicial workers (69.6 percent), and even chief executives (74.2 percent) make considerably less than the estimated 80 percent.

Black and Hispanic women experience even further gaps, making less than white women in general and less than their male counterparts of the same race group. Meanwhile, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Asian women get paid the most out of any other race group but have the largest wage gap between themselves and Asian men.

Ohio falls in the range of much of the rest of the United States with a wage gap of $10,873. States with higher wage gaps include Illinois, New Jersey, and Alabama.

The Pew Research Center analysis found that the pay gap was smallest for women ages 25-34, who earned 93 cents for every dollar a man in the same age group made, up from 67 cents in 1980. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that women ages 16-34 have the lowest wage gap, but they are also paid the least out of any other age group for both genders.

Women currently make up approximately 43.5 percent of the workforce and make up the majority of occupational groups like preschool and kindergarten teachers (97.4 percent), dental hygienists (92.9 percent), and multiple secretarial occupations (above 90 percent).

More women over the age of 25 also have a bachelor’s degree than men in the same age group. 20.7 percent of women have completed higher education, while men trail behind at 19.9 percent.

More women have also entered major occupations over the last 20 years, with a noticeable uptick in pharmacy, veterinary, and dental positions. In Ohio, the largest fields for female workers are registered nurses, secretaries and administrative assistants, and elementary and middle school teachers.

International Women’s Day occurs during U.S. National Women’s History Month. Initially starting as Women’s History Week in the 19070s, it was transformed into Women’s History month after a successful campaign from the National Women’s History Alliance.

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