Gender Pay Gap is Not Imaginary, Warns AAUW

March 26, 2013
Editor: Amanda

A poster to raise awareness on the gender pay gap []

A poster to raise awareness on the gender pay gap []

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) recently released a report titled The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (2013), ranking each state in the United States according to the pay gap by age, race/ethnicity and education.

According to the AAUW report, the biggest gender pay gap is in the age bracket ranging from 45 to 54, which is when most employees are about to enter retirement.

The report shows that the gender pay gap amounts to seven percent for employees aged 20-24, and extends to 24 percent for employees aged 45-54.

AAUW's Executive Director Linda Hallman pointed out that the gender pay gap is not imaginary, and that women are losing thousands of dollars in salary every year.

The report also shows that white people and Asian women earn more than Spanish or Hispanic and African women. Asian women's salaries are nearly equal to men's in different U.S. states.

The gender salary gap is the largest in Wyoming State and the smallest in Washington D.C. Data in 2011 showed that women earned only 67 percent of men's salaries in Wyoming while women could earn 90 percent of men's salaries in Washington D.C.

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