The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap

Fall 2016 Edition, American Association of University Women (AAUW)


AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap is here, and the fall edition of the report has more truth in it than ever. How do we explain the 20-cent gender pay gap (a statistically insignificant change from last year), and what do race, location, and career choice have to do with it? See how the gap in your state stacks up to the national number, and learn more about what states are doing to promote (or hinder) equal pay. Plus, new for this edition, we discuss how the gender pay gap is connected to disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

You’ve probably heard that men are paid more than women are paid over their lifetimes. But what does that mean? Are women paid less because they choose lower-paying jobs? Is it because more women work part time than men do? Or is it because women have more caregiving responsibilities? And what, exactly, does gender bias have to do with paychecks?

AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap succinctly addresses these issues by going beyond the widely reported 80 percent statistic. The report explains the pay gap in the United States; how it affects women of all ages, races, and education levels; and what you can do to close it. For 2016, the fifth anniversary of The Simple Truth, we’ve updated the report with information on disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

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