April 24th, 2007
Have you seen the interesting coverage Equal Pay Day (April 24) is getting this week? Basically all those wackjobs who say discrimination in the workplace is a figment of the collective feminist imagination can eat their boxers (or in some cases, thongs). A new study by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation has found that women working full time one year out of college earn 80 percent of what their male counterparts earn. And ten years out of school, we’re earning 69 percent of what our male counterparts earn.
Meaning all those “that’s because some mommy-minded women choose the slow track at work” arguments don’t hold water. Ditto for the “that’s because some women choose lower-paying careers and/or industries” argument. Check out these stats about women and men one year after college graduation:
In education, women earn 95 percent as much as their male colleagues earn, while in math, women earn 76 percent as much as men earn, the study showed.
If you want to read the entire study, you can indulge in all the wonky stats your vindicated little heart desires here. Also, here’s a kickass writeup of these new findings on Broadsheet (if you’re not a Salon subscriber, you may have to watch an ad first).
Oh, and as a consolation prize, the London’s Evening Standard reported that between household duties and office life, women only work ten minutes more a day than men.