What’s She Worth? The Slow Road to Equal Pay #Infographic

What’s She Worth? The Slow Road to Equal Pay #Infographic

Back in the 1970s, the average a man's median income was around $36,207 per year while a woman could earn $21,297 per year for the same job. It means that the average woman doing exactly the same job as a man in her profession received 40 percent less pay – doing exactly the same work.

The women's lib movement had only recently begun in the early 70s. Some of the gestures seemed to have directly struck a wall. According to Time, by 1972, a woman's overall median wage had actually dropped, and fewer women were in top positions (including the civil service) than four years earlier.

Yet why, then? Women had been forced to adhere to a certain position back in the 70s. The majority stayed home to cook, clean and take care of the family. They were married women who were trying to earn some extra money for household products, children's activities or some gifts. Employers knew the average woman had a husband who helped the family and they viewed women as though they were just employed to have something to do to fill the time. They felt it was a perfect reason for justifying a lower wage. Females had been inferior, after all. Just right?

What’s She Worth? The Slow Road to Equal Pay #Infographic

infographic by: www.womenonbusiness.com

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