Gender Pay Gap

This article explores some reasons that contribute to the gender pay gap, which has been a controversial issue for decades. Research have shown that at all level of education, female workers in the U.S. are paid 70-80% of what their counterparts earn. However, the author of this article argues that difference in the average wages should not be viewed as complete gender discrimination by employers. Women are typically paid less than men because of many reasons. One of the factors contributed to the gap is the fact that women choose to work in less lucrative fields compared with men. Higher percentage of men than women choose to work in fields like engineering and computer science which have higher salaries. Women are also more likely to trade advancement in career for families responsibility like raising children, hence accepting lower wages. Though we cannot deny that gender discrimination and gender pay gap still exist, we must look more into the causes of the problem in order to determine the best solution.

This article goes well with chapter 17 Labor Markets where discrimination by employers is discussed.


  1. hoangl Said,

    December 14, 2015 @ 2:33 am

    The gender pay gap problem is truly a difficult problem. I do believe that it is not fair for woman, who has a greater responsibilities than man such as family and kids, that results in a lower wage than man. I think that there should be a law that compensates for the hardships that woman bears, in terms of payment.

  2. harchikp Said,

    December 15, 2015 @ 12:09 am

    I believe this is an interesting article because it explores the reasons the gender pay gap exists. While it is certainly a problem in our society, it is important to look at the reasons behind this gap. I believe that looking at past trends of women’s rise in their role in the workplace as well as more women in college now than ever, the wage gap will start to narrow.. It is important to also note that in predicting women’s increasingly expansive and diverse role in the workplace, gender- discrimination itself is a major problem in today’s society.

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