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CT Ranked 25th in Female Income Disparity

The disparity between male and female pay in Connecticut is in line with the national average.

Women make 78 cents in Connecticut for every dollar a man makes, according to a new study. Connecticut is ranked 25th in the nation when it comes to pay disparity and fares one percent better than the national average of 77 cents.

The study, compiled by the American Association of University Women, is intended to raise awareness about the income gap. The median male salary in Connecticut is $60,705 for men and $47,476 for women when factoring in the total labor force of full-time workers for each gender.

“Next year, we’ll mark the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. Too many Americans think that the landmark legislation took care of the problem,” said Linda D. Hallman, executive director of the association. “Unfortunately, it has not. AAUW will not be deterred, and we will continue to push for change until the women of America are paid fairly.” 

The study acknowledges that life choices do explain some – but not all – of the pay disparity. A previous report found a 10 percent pay gap between male and female college graduates, partly because women were more likely to become teachers, which pays less than some other fields.

However, according to the study, “After accounting for college major, occupation, industry, sector, hours worked, workplace flexibility, experience, educational attainment, enrollment status, GPA, institution selectivity, age, race/ethnicity, region, marital status, and number of children, a 5 percent difference in the earnings of male and female college graduates one year after graduation was still unexplained.”

Alex September 21, 2012 at 06:13 PM
That's very irresponsible to compile data on the median salary of men and women, then divide the two and conclude the assumption(because that's what the study is doing) that women are paid 78 cents to the dollar. They even acknowledge that's not truly the case, but the news outlets will cherry pick the headline and then consumers will make that assumption. You can't compare a teacher's salary (who's demographics is mostly women) to a Software Engineer's salary (who's demographic is mostly men), and conclude well, they are not equal so women must be paid less. Why not compare male public teacher salaries to female public teacher salaries with the same years of experience? Lets see the disparity then? How about we compare male librarians to female librarians (a career where females are typically paid more)? Point is, I can believe a 5% difference in pay, but not a 22%. When salaries are mostly negotiated, it would make sense that there will be some disparity and 5% isn't large enough to believe there is wide spread discrimination occurring in the state. Compare male workers of similar experience working similar jobs and you'll likely find a 5% disparity of ranges in the salary. I'll go out on a limb here and say I graduated with the same degree as a friend. I make well over 25K than he does now but we have the exact same years of experience and degree, yet work at 2 different companies. Is that discrimination?

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