Gender Wage Gap; Gap to the Future


Tanner Hardcastle, Writer

The gender pay gap is a very controversial topic in recent news, and has been the target of many debates throughout the last few years. While the pay gap varies from place to place, it is said to rest about 20%, which means that for every dollar that a male employee makes, his woman counterpart will only be making eighty cents. This problem is very well recognized in the U.S. as well as around the world, and there are many people who rally and organize protests to shrink the gap and to create an equal and fair paying work environment. Some, however, would tell you that the pay gap isn’t as big of a deal as some make it out to be. In the U.S., the most popular statistic for the gender wage gap is about 21%, which when put into perspective is a massive number If a male were to make $100,000 a year, statistics say that women will only make $79,000. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research states that “Women, on average, earn less than men in virtually every single occupation for which there is sufficient earnings data for both men and women to calculate an earnings ratio. In middle-skill occupations, workers in jobs mainly done by women earn only 66 percent of workers in jobs mainly done by men.”  In Iceland, for example, a number of women have recently left work early to protest the wage gap, which in Iceland  is said to rest around 14%. This is a huge step for activists fighting for equal pay all around the world. There are many people who will tell you that the wage gap is a myth, or at least not as big as some major media outlets will tell you. has an article on this subject and will tell you that “Female directors in corporate America earned median compensation of $120,000, based on the most recently available pay data, compared with $104,375 for male board members, research group The Corporate Library said in its annual director pay report on Wednesday.”, and that “The report looked at pay data for more than 25,000 directors at more than 3,200 companies.” Robert J Samuelson, a writer for the Washington Post, states that“ A more accurate ratio, after adjusting for differences in gender employment patterns, is closer to 92 percent.” The gender pay gap is a major source for debate currently , and will continue to for years to come. Whether or not the gender wage gap is a myth, I have hopes that the dilemma will be overcome and solved with minimal hostilities and with great efficiency.