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Guest opinion: Huge income 'gender gap' — a conspiracy or just socioeconomics?

Original post made on Apr 19, 2015

The existence of a gender gap in pay is a longstanding, well-known fact. The news this year is the size and relation to advanced degrees.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, April 19, 2015, 9:27 AM

Comments (6)

Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 19, 2015 at 10:03 am

Men's denials of discrimination against women could easily be seen as part of this alleged conspiracy. Based on the names that appear in the article, the author and all the people quoted appear to be men. Shouldn't an article about discrimination against women include at least a few quotes from women about what they are experiencing in the real world?

Posted by Norman
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 19, 2015 at 10:28 am

Anyone really interested in the facts underlying the 'gap' go to Web Link and search around for wages and STEM. For instance there are something like 4,500 male work related deaths vs about 400 for women. Now there is a 'gap'.

Posted by expvgal
a resident of another community
on Apr 20, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Then there is the issue of women returning from maternity leave, anxious to get back to their job, and then a few months later being told that their position is "being eliminated" -- only to see a male with less experience recreate the position within weeks.
Or women not being considered for promotion just because they are women and have had a child (God forbid they might have another)

Posted by worker
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

It is illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, marital status, and children during hiring. In the age of Facebook, it is pretty easy for employers to guestimate the answers to all of these without the candidate ever finding out. You don't even have to interview the candidate, just Facebook them and then toss the resumes of people you to discriminate against.

Posted by Team Rome
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Apr 21, 2015 at 12:13 am

Dems for women, repubs against working folk. Easy choice.... if u get a paycheck, hold yer nose and vote for the blue team.

Posted by Wellllll not exactly
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Apr 21, 2015 at 11:20 am

Hillary Clinton portrays herself as a champion of women in the workforce, but women working for her in the U.S. Senate were paid 72 cents for each dollar paid to men, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis of her Senate years’ salary data.

During those years, the median annual salary for a woman working in Clinton’s office was $15,708.38 less than the median salary for a man, according to the analysis of data compiled from official Senate expenditure reports.

The analysis compiled the annual salaries paid to staffers for an entire fiscal year of work from the years 2002 to 2008. Salaries of employees who were not part of Clinton’s office for a full fiscal year were not included. Because the Senate fiscal year extends from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, Clinton’s first year in the Senate, which began on Jan. 3, 2001, was also not included in the analysis.

The salaries speak for themselves. The data shows that women in her office were paid 72 cents for every dollar paid to men.

Male Female comparison

Despite the numbers, Clinton and her allies have long-touted her as “a fighter for equal pay.”

Correct the Record, a pro-Clinton organization that fights negative reporting on her, pointed out that as a senator she chaired hearings on the issue and sponsored legislation to address it.

Clinton herself has raised the issue, saying last year that there is still “more work to do,” and that 20 years ago women made just “72 cents on the dollar to men”–a figure identical to the gender pay gap in her own Senate office.

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