The gender pay gap still remains stagnant for American women

Studies have shown that there has been almost no progress on the gender pay gap from 2018 to 2019 for working women in America, and that their earnings are still significantly lagging behind that of a man’s. Stats revealed by the National Women’s Law Center has shown that for every dollar men made, the average full-time working woman earned just 82 cents. These stats have remained unchanged for three years now.

When broken down racially, White women’s pay gap remained unchanged at $0.79 for every dollar earned by White men, while Asian women’s pay gap widened from $0.90 to $0.87, the study also shows. Native American women and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander women saw their pay gaps close slightly from $0.57 and $0.61 in 2018, to $0.60 and $0.63, respectively, in 2019.

With the recession looming and redundancies at an all time high, we are all aware that women have been disproportionately affected by furloughs and unemployment during the pandemic, largely because so many hold jobs in industries that have shrunk amidst the pandemic, and occupy jobs within sectors that have been hit the hardest.

“Another year, another frustrating statistic for American women and their families: The wage gap between men and women once again has barely budged,” said Kimberly Churches, CEO of the American Association of University Women, in a statement.

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