Women Catching Up to Men’s Wages?

According to a recent NY Times article, the recession has helped shrink the wage gap between men and women. In early 2010, consistent with historical trends, women’s median weekly earnings were 79 cents to every dollar their male counterpart earned. However, by the second quarter of 2011, that number jumped to 83 cents to every dollar their male counterparts earned. This shift wasn’t due to women earning more, however, but men earning less.

Male-dominated jobs, such as construction, took the hardest hit during the recession with earnings dropping 5 percent, while jobs typically dominated by women, such as health care, actually saw an increase in earnings. Higher paid jobs also favored women during the recession, with earnings in management, finance, and business industries staying the same for women but dropping 3 percent for men. According to the article, the current budget cuts will heavily affect women who are largely represented in local government jobs such as teaching, but the gap is narrowing, which is a step in the right direction.

Do you feel you are being treated differently in the workplace, or even paid a different salary, solely because of your gender? The Harman Firm is dedicated to advocating equality in the workplace.