Women better educated, but paid less than men

Women now make about 86 cents for every dollar a man earns.

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Women earn 86 cents for every $1 earned by men, according to a report issued earlier this month by the U. S. Government Accountability Office. This disparity in pay is also evident in the PR industry, where women outnumber men.

Women, especially the younger ones, are completing bachelor’s degrees at higher rates than men, reports The New York Times on its Economix blog.

“Yet they represent a higher proportion of low-wage workers, defined in the report as those who earn hourly wage rates that put them in the bottom 20 percent of the work force,” writes Mokoto Rich.

So even though females comprise 49 percent of the total work force, they represent 59 percent of low-wage workers.

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