by Jon Swartz and Charisse Jones
Originally published: March 13, 2017
Despite strides in the 1980s and 1990s, the pay gap between the sexes hasn't budged in more than a decade. That's even with growing research and outcry that's prompted some companies to review — and vow to fix — broad discrepancies in their own workforces.
The numbers are glaring: Women make up half the U.S. college-educated workforce but those with full-time jobs were on average paid 80 cents for every dollar earned by men in nearly every occupation for which there was sufficient earnings data in 2015, according to the non-profit Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR).
The gap is especially pronounced when comparing median weekly earnings and far deeper for women of color.