Equal Pay Day 2019: the wage gap is bigger than you’ve heard – Vox

From the article:

Every year on Equal Pay Day, we hear that women in America make about 80 cents for every dollar men earn. For many women of color, the number is lower — black women make about 61 cents on the dollar compared with men, while Latina women make 53 cents.

But matters are actually worse than any of these numbers would suggest, according to a 2018 report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), a think tank that looks at public policy through the lens of gender. Measures of the pay gap typically compare the wages of men and women working full time in a given year, as Emily Peck notes at HuffPost. But women are more likely to drop out of full-time work to take care of children or other family members.

To account for this, the report’s authors looked at women’s earnings across a 15-year period, and compared those with men’s. What they found was a pay gap nearly twice as big as what’s traditionally reported: averaged out over 15 years, women made just 49 cents for every dollar men made.

Source: Equal Pay Day 2019: the wage gap is bigger than you’ve heard – Vox

So to recap, over a 15-year period, women make 49 fucking cents for every dollar men make. This is because family leave is often inadequate if it’s offered at all, and culturally women are the front line caregivers for children and elderly family members.

This is a lot more realistic picture of what actually happens to women. They effectively have to start over after having children, when men stay. So it’s like having two careers.