Multimedia: Pew on Equal Pay

With this week’s focus on Equal Pay Day, we’re checking out Pew Research’s findings on the gender pay gap.


 

In this article accompanying the above video, Eileen Patten says women were more likely to take career interruptions to care for their family, which can have an impact on long-term earnings:

Roughly four-in-ten mothers say they have taken a significant amount of time off from work (39%) or reduced their work hours (42%) to care for a child or other family member. Roughly a quarter (27%) say they have quit work altogether to take care of these familial responsibilities. (Fewer men say the same. For example, just 24% of fathers say they have taken a significant amount of time off to care for a child or other family member.)

Even though women have increased their presence in higher-paying jobs traditionally dominated by men, such as professional and managerial positions, women as a whole continue to work in lower-paying occupations than men do.

What are your thoughts on the pay gap? Share your input here in the comments or tweet at @HeronFdn.

 

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