October 10, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang
When women are paid less—just because they are women—the implication is that they are worth less. This is why closing the gender pay gap is among the most important fronts in our fight for equality in the workplace and beyond.
But we can’t fix what we can’t see. Today’s Take 5 highlights the latest pay gap data from the United States and across the globe. With few exceptions, pay gaps remain entrenched—for now.
2) The six jobs with the deepest gap in pay between women and men in the United States are all within the financial sector: insurance agents, managers, clerks, securities sales agents, personal advisers, and other financial specialists.
3) The gender pay gap hits women of color particularly hard. In 2011, the earnings of African American women were $33,501—69.5 percent of all men's earnings—while Latinas’ earnings were $29,020, or 60.2 percent of all men’s earnings.
4) Looking globally, the gender pay gap remained relatively unchanged this past decade in 26 countries.