While pregnancy and child-rearing has long been blamed for the difference in earnings between men and women, the fact remains that just one year out of college, women are earning only 80 percent of the wages of male colleagues - even after earning higher GPAs in college. Here are some other facts you might find interesting:
- Even 10 years out of college, full-time working women who have not had children earn 77 percent of what men are earning.
- 43 percent of all women work in one of four occupations: secretary, registered nurse, teacher, and cashier, also known as "pink-collar" jobs. Overall, more than half of all women work in sales, clerical, or service jobs, which usually offer low wages and few benefits.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while women are more likely then men to work in professional and related occupations, they are less likely then men to work in the higher-paying positions in those fields.
- Over their lifetime, women lose between $400,000 and $2 million in earnings. This loss affects not only women, but also their families.
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