Women: Narrowing the Wage Gap

The most striking symbol of women's struggle for pay equity is a pin that reads simply "59¢." It represents the longstanding average pay earned by women for every dollar earned by men. That is changing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the figure is now 64¢. A report by the Rand Corp., an independent California think tank, says the change is due to women's improved education and experience, which are being compensated in the free market,"rather than legislation, Government commissions or political movements" The report also argues that one reason average women's wages have not risen more sharply...

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