Towson University Women's Studies

The Gender Pay Gap
July 14, 2010, 12:41 pm
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Here is the link for an article about the gender pay gap. According to the article,

“The pay gap is much more than an abstract number: it has very real consequences for the women it affects. According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, a female college graduate will lose $1.2 million over the course of her working life as a result of the gender wage gap (and the total jumps to $2 million for professional school graduates) (2009). Women invest in higher education in part to avoid such shortfalls (and to build the closely related capital of skills, intellect, and experience). Just imagine what their investments could be with $1.2 million more to spare. Higher education should invest in turn in making sure women’s equity exists within and beyond its gates.

Any comments/discussion about higher education and the pay gap? The author suggests that “higher education should invest…in making sure women’s equity exits within and beyond its gates.” How can higher education do that? How can institutions work to end the gender pay gap, aside from practicing equity “within…its gates”?


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