Still

So here is a report on a study that shows something that will surprise none of you, that women still earn less than men for comparable work.

To the text.

Released on Tuesday, the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce’s report — “Women Can’t Win: Despite Making Educational Gains and Pursuing High-Wage Majors, Women Still Earn Less than Men” – indicates that women must hold one more degree than men to achieve pay parity. Combining factors leading to pay inequity include gender discrimination and women’s historical concentration in lower-paying majors and occupations.
Researchers at the Georgetown Center noted in the report that when comparing women and men with equal education and the same college majors working in the same occupation, women still made only 92 cents for every dollar earned by men.“Women’s earnings still lag their exceptional educational progress,” said Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale, the lead author of the report and director of the Georgetown Center. “At the heart of the gender wage gap is discrimination in pay for the same sets of qualifications and experience.”

Further, women need “ideally at least a bachelor’s degree” to make family-sustaining wages while a “small share of men” can make it with just a high school diploma, according to the report.

The number, as you see above, is better and closer to equal for those with more overall education, but it still lags.

I bring this up because of a key point here. “Women are highly concentrated in the lowest-earning majors – 76 percent of all education majors and 72 percent of psychology majors, for example.” Putting aside the latter for a second, my interest here is the former. Not just because it’s holding women back, but because it holds educators back overall.

I don’t think I have the ability to do this, but education should not be, nor should it be seen as, underpaid drudgery, and I wish I could figure out the way to change both the perception and the reality (since it is, largely, underpaid). And of course, it’s cyclical, in that not only do these majors mostly feature women, but that these careers are often underpaid and less respected because they are popular with women.

I don’t know if anyone can snap their fingers and solve the impact of sexism. But maybe there’s a way to make this career more lucrative and still popular with women. I am not going to hold my breath, though.