Gender Discrimination - Unequal Pay Is a Form Of Gender Discrimination

When Women Are Paid Less Than Men For the Same Jobs It Is Sex Discrimination

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Men are not supposed to be paid more for performing a particular job just because they are men. If a woman works the same hours, performs the same tasks, and has to meet the same goals for her employer as a man does, she is entitled to equal pay.

When women are paid less than men -- based on their gender -- it is a form of sex discrimination and it is illegal.

The following statistics show how women are often underpaid in the United States.

Pay Inequality - Women Earn Less Than Men Across The Board

  • Women working 41 to 44 hours per week earn 84.6% of what men earn working comparable hours.
  • African American women earn only 72 cents for every dollar men earn.
  • Latinas 60 cents for every dollar that men earn.
  • Women who work more than 60 hours per week earn only 78.3% of what men do who work the same long hours.
  • Even in jobs categories that are predominantly occupied by women (i.e. childcare), women still only make about 95% of men's wages for performing the same jobs.

Women Work Longer To Get Promoted

According to, "women may work longer to receive the promotions that provide access to higher pay. For example, among school principals, women have an average of 3 years longer as teachers than men do."

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • AFL-CIO, "It's Time for Working Women to Earn Equal Pay"
  • Department of Labor Statistics

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