Women's Status in American Society: Inequality in Earnings

Despite substantial gains that women made in educational attainment and labor force experience during the second half of the 20th century, their progress toward earnings equality with men has been much slower. As shown in the following graph, the ratio of women's earnings to men's earnings hovered around 60 percent from the 1950s (and earlier) until the early 1980s. This means that women who were employed full-time were earning only 60 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. This gender gap in earnings has narrowed somewhat in recent years due to the stagnation of men's income, but women still take home earnings that are only three-fourths as much as men earn in full-time jobs.
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