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Follow Up Friday: Gender Pay Gap

Friday, March 18, 2011

Heather Boushey, senior economist at the Center for American Progress, talks about the state of the pay gap between what men and women earn in the workplace, and follows up on whether young, single women are making more than their male counterparts. 

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Comments [8]

Emma from Manhattan

Just one tangential note: stop calling women without children "childless"; it is not a lack, but a conscious, responsible decision. If anything, they should be called "childfree".

Mar. 18 2011 12:03 PM

Let's simply get rid of marriage, once and for all, and let's produce children in factories instead, and thereby free up both men and women so that they could really compete with each other without these constraints of "having a family" or "caring for children." Marriage is such an absurdly outdated and obsolescent institution.

Mar. 18 2011 10:52 AM
megan from Brooklyn

Thanks for the clarification! Really apprecaite this segment!!

Mar. 18 2011 10:50 AM
h l

also, women will be 'laid off' before their male colleagues.

Mar. 18 2011 10:47 AM
Nick from UWS

Finally, a woman with an absolutely gorgeous speaking voice, who speaks like an adult and not like she's six years old, who speaks in direct, coherent declarative statements like she knows what she is talking about. Bravo...bravo....sign Ms. Boushey for prime time on NPR!!

Mar. 18 2011 10:47 AM
Karen Otten Elias from Westchester

AGAIN, you must bring the conversation back to the fundamental truth that big business has increasingly not paid a living wage since the 1970's. This is vital background to why men have fallen back. Ask the question is why, in light of this vital background, are women motivated to try harder and move forward? is it because they have some support from fathers and husbands, is it because they don't have past generations of LOST income to discourage them? Is it because motherhood and/or homemaking sets the stage for being willing to work for nothing and move forward after various stages of life?

Mar. 18 2011 10:44 AM
Peg from rural NY

In my large extended family (2 generations of wage earners (20-64 yr age range), who work in both white collar and blue collar jobs - 95% of the women earn more (and sometimes much more) than their male mates.

Mar. 18 2011 10:44 AM
gloria

And then what happens when families have kids? Men with kids earn more than everyone else.

Mar. 18 2011 10:43 AM

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