By: Taarek Refaat
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (SEE)- The Institute for Women’s Policy Research announced in a report on Wednesday that women’s income in the United States was less than what 51 percent of men earned.
The report was based on a study conducted between the years 2001-2015 under the title “Still a Man’s Labor Market.”
The study showed that the average income of a female who abandoned the labor force for a year was 39 percent lower than that of a male in the same year.
“Much ink has been spilled debating whether the commonly cited measure of the wage gap – that women earn 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man – is an exaggeration due to occupational differences or so-called ‘women’s choices,” Heidi Hartmann, president of the institute said, adding that data proves the miscalculation of wage inequality in the labor market.
According to the study, the gender wage gap is much higher than incipiently assumed.
The study offered a solution to narrow the gender wage gap by encouraging men to devote more time caring for the family and setting stricter wage equality standards for both sexes.
Moreover, females need a pregnancy medical paid leave and reasonable child care.