Time To Close the Gender Wage Gap

Fifty years after the Equal Pay Act of 1963, U.S. women are still making 77 cents for every dollar a man takes home. This is largely due to the fact that women continue to occupy different, lower-paying jobs than men (an infographic at The Huffington Post shows how little the 10 leading occupations of women have shifted over the past half century). An article in the Review of Radical Political Economics digs deeper into the reasons why this occurs, and offers six potential solutions:

RRPE_v45_72ppiRGB_150pixWUnionizing women, comparable worth, pay secrecy legislation, affirmative action, stronger non-discrimination legislation, and family-friendly policies can improve the gender wage gap. But doing so means that instead of attempting to pass federal legislation, advocates should target states to pass legislation and undertake pro-active remedies that can improve women’s pay.

Read the article, “Policies to End the Gender Wage Gap in the United States,” published by Marlene Kim of the University of Massachusetts Boston in the RRPE September 2013 issue.

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About Cynthia Nalevanko, Senior Editor, SAGE Publishing

Founded in 1965, SAGE is the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. Known for our commitment to quality and innovation, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students across a broad range of subject areas. With over 1500 employees globally from principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC, and Melburne, our publishing program includes more than 1000 journals and over 900 books, reference works and databases a year in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. Believing passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable, SAGE aims to be the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. This means playing a creative role in society by disseminating teaching and research on a global scale, the cornerstones of which are good, long-term relationships, a focus on our markets, and an ability to combine quality and innovation. Leading authors, editors and societies should feel that SAGE is their natural home: we believe in meeting the range of their needs, and in publishing the best of their work. We are a growing company, and our financial success comes from thinking creatively about our markets and actively responding to the needs of our customers.

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