Study: Big Pay Gap Due to Gender Discrimination
Posted Apr 23, 2007 6:00 AM CDT
By Martha Neil
A dramatic pay gap between what comparably qualified -- and situated -- men and women earn is apparent within a year after they graduate from college and is much wider a decade later, according to a study released today.
Although women outperform men in college, they earn 20 percent less a year later and 31 percent less a decade later, the study says, reports Reuters. The study was conducted by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation, in Washington, D.C., and accounted for factors, such as parenthood, that might be expected to skew the results.
"If a woman and a man make the same choices, will they receive the same pay?" asks the study. "The answer is no. These unexplained gaps are evidence of discrimination, which remains a serious problem for women in the work force."