Ok, let’s get back to wages.
The earnings gap between men and women still exists today, but since the 1970’s:
- Women’s hourly earnings have grown more quickly than men’s, following a similar trend to GDP growth.
- Growth in median family income has largely come from increases in women’s earnings, rather than from men’s earnings.
- Earnings for both married and single mothers increased by about 33%.
- Married mothers’ contributions to total family income increased from less than one-third to about 40%.
In other words, women are bringing home more of the bacon, but we still have more work to do to ensure equal pay for equal work.