In some ways, we’ve come a long way as females. But in many respects, we’re still a long way from living in a world where both sexes are well and truly equals. One major obstacle left to overcome: the gender wage gap. In 2015, female full-time workers made 20 percent less than men on average. That number is even higher for minorities and women in various areas of the country. It’s an issue that’s gained a lot of attention over the past few years, and while the gap is up from the 21.6 percent recorded in 2014, it’s sadly not expected to dimish anytime soon. In fact, according to a recent study, the wage gap isn’t expected to fully close until — wait for it — 2069.
The new report was conducted by financial consultancy firm Deloitte. However, it’s important to note that the company looked at the gender pay gap in the UK, so the year might vary slightly, considering the US and the UK aren’t exactly tied in the pay wage percentage.
In fact, they’re actually pretty far ahead of us. The Office of National Statistics in the UK recorded the gender pay gap at a 9.4 percent difference in 2015. That’s a whopping 10.6 percent ahead of us. And, considering the difference between 2015 and 2014 in the US was a mere 1.4 percent, this not exactly a scale that moves quickly. In other words: While the gap is projected to close in 2069 for UK citizens, it could take even longer for American workers.
Womp. Womp. Could the pay gap close for us by the year 3000? According to the Jonas brothers, we’ll all be living under water, but here’s to hoping it will also bring equal pay for equal work. Seems like a pretty reasonable concept.
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