Gender Equality in the Workplace


Men are at the advantage when it comes to wages, earning $1.00 for every $0.83 a woman makes.

Men are at the advantage when it comes to wages, earning $1.00 for every $0.83 a woman makes.

Rae Radtke, Junior Photography Editor

As of 2020, women made 83% of what men made on average. That’s $0.83 for every $1.00 a man makes. According to catalyst.org, women averaged an annual pay of $50,892, whereas men in the same positions made $61,417. Men make over $10,000 more than women annually. 

The significance of the wage gap is not only displayed by impacts on annual salary, but also through a lack of employment benefits. The gap establishes a chain reaction, as the less one makes, the lower their retirement fund and social security will be post-retirement. As stated by aauw.org, “The pay gap even follows women into retirement: As a result of lower lifetime earnings, they receive less in Social Security and pensions. In terms of overall retirement income, women have only 70% of what men do.” 

The exact same job position and degrees in many workplaces still lead to men and women being paid differently. Research shows that women and men with the same college degree will either not be offered the same job positions by many managers of a workplace, or will not be offered the same pay for that position as a man would make. 

In 2000, women made 73.3% of what men made. Over the last 20 years, we have made improvements and have continuously shown growth. Our national and state governments are both implementing laws and systems to help prevent these wage gaps.

However, the US census shows that the wage gap between men and women only widens as individuals age. Fresh out of college, women generally begin taking positions that may typically be filled by a man. The older they get, the more that jobs become ‘gender assumed.’ For example, a job at a construction company would be filled by a man, and working as a craft store cashier would be associated with a woman, as many lower-paying jobs are suggested to be more ‘feminine.’ 

This wage gap not only continues to affect how people are able to live on a day-to-day basis depending on salary, but it can also have mental health effects. It has been uncovered that many women struggle with low self-esteem and self-confidence about their work, as they are not rewarded in the same manner that men are. This can lead to the development of a state of depression, anxiety or chronic stress, as oftentimes women are forced to work harder in order to make the same amount annually. 

Due to the difference in pay annually, as well as the general social inequities involved in this shortcoming, women are left at a disadvantage, particularly when it comes to being a single parent. It is much easier for a man to make enough money to be able to support a family on his own, yet a woman might not ever make the same amount or will most likely have to work twice as hard for it. 

Women in the workforce make less than men do for the same work due to gender-based suppression, which leads to negative ramifications for female individuals, their families, and society as a whole.