Do women have the same earning potential as men?

rosie-riveterWomen are some of the strongest, productive, and resilient breeds on the planet; not only at home, but also in their roles in the workplace.  There was a time when women would never be viewed as sitting behind a desk, but instead standing in front of the stove.  It was a time where men were the bread winners and “brought home the bacon.”

Today however, successful women like Marissa Mayer, the President and CEO of Yahoo, is just one example of how there’s more to a woman than just a clean house and dinner on the table; but still, we need to consider, are women today still dealing with a present day inferiority to men?  Do men get paid more than women?

Robert Longley provides some startling information about the vast difference in earning potential between men and women in his article provided for About.com.

“The world today is vastly different than it was in 1983, but sadly, one thing that has remained the same is the pay gap between men and women,” said U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, “After accounting for so many external factors, it seems that still, at the root of it all, men get an inherent annual bonus just for being men. If this continues, the only guarantees in life will be death, taxes and the glass ceiling. We can’t let that happen.”

Pay Discrimination is a reality and women more often than not, know they earn less than their male counterparts, but remain silent.  The problem ultimately persists and the cycle continues.

According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, in the first three months of 2012, women still earned only 82.2 percent of what men earned. That’s comparing the “usual median weekly earnings” of full-time employees. Comparing annual pay of full-time, year-round workers, women earned only 77 percent of what men earned in 2010.

Men typically gravitate towards a career with higher earning potential like engineering, where women have a tendency to rule in lower-paying fields like education and social services.  Unfortunately, women are more likely to fall off their career paths after having a child. Women end up taking time off and ultimately lose skills or they choose less demanding jobs so they have the opportunity to spend more time at home.  The majority of men, in contrast, have a vastly different experience with parenthood and usually do not take enough time off to impact their careers negatively.

Men are definitely more aggressive and competitive by nature in comparison to women, but does that mean they deserve a higher pay grade because they insist upon it?  Many still question, especially women, if we’ve really come that far from a past that seems so primitive.  Have we?

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