Equal Education, Unequal Pay

mgyrmB8I’m not sure when this happened, but somewhere along the line infographics became all the rage. You know what I mean? Sort of a blend between statistics and visual storytelling. The other day I found one describing the wage gap in this country, juxtaposed with the situation in education. It’s from the folks at learnstuff.com. I’ve blogged about the gap before, but here’s a visual way to explore the issue:


2 responses to “Equal Education, Unequal Pay”

  1. Jon says :

    You need to compare this info-graphic to the studies that show that women actually make just a little bit more than men when you control for the things that skew the above numbers. As a whole, women tend to work fewer hours, in jobs that are not as dangerous, in career paths that will allow them to stay home with the kids at some point, etc etc. When all of that is controlled for, statistically, the differences go away.

  2. Jon says :

    I googled a bit and found the following study paid for by the dept of labor: http://www.consad.com/content/reports/Gender%20Wage%20Gap%20Final%20Report.pdf. from the report: “Although additional research in this area is clearly needed, this study leads to the unambiguous conclusion that the differences in the compensation of men and women are the result of a multitude of factors and that the raw wage gap should not be used as the basis to justify corrective action. ****Indeed, there may be nothing to correct.**** The differences in raw wages may be almost entirely the result of the individual choices being made by both male and female workers.”

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