A lot of people get irritated with feminism. Seen by many as spurred by a cadre of disaffected women who are lashing out for their inability to get laid, the modern feminist movement still encounters the same kinds of hurdles it faced since the days of the Seneca Falls Convention. Since the modern feminist movement took root in the 1970s, many today grudgingly remark to feminists that they got what they wanted and should shut their traps. Like an irritant in the eye, feminism is something that many want to clear out of the public consciousness.
However, has the modern feminist movement achieved its aims enough to warrant an abatement of the fight? Should women be happy with the "equality" that was so gratefully bestowed upon them? Well, perhaps there is no better indicator than differences in occupational pay. After all, if women aren't equal to men on this basic footing, then one can't exactly argue against discrimination in a fundamental sense.
The following figures were compiled by data found in the 2006 US Bureau of Labor study entitled "Median Weekly Earnings for Full-Time Wage and Salary Workers by Detailed Occupation and Sex."
Women earn an average of $71 less per week than men (11% less)
Compared to men in the following occupational sectors, women earn the following per week on average:
Management Occupations: $201 less, 18% difference
Business & Financial Occupations: $102 less, 11% difference
Computer and Mathematical Occupations: $123 less, 11% difference
Architecture and engineering Occupations: $183 less, 16% difference
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations: $112 less, 11% difference
Community and Social Services Occupations: $37 less, 5% difference
Legal Occupations: $243 less, 21% difference
Education, Training, and Library Occupations: $56 less, 7% difference
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and media Occupations: $108 less, 13% difference
Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations: $45 less, 5% difference
Healthcare Support Occupations: $6 less, 1% difference
Protective Services Occupations: $136 less, 20% difference
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations: $16 less, 4% difference
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations: $43 less, 11% difference
Personal Care and Service Occupations: $19 less, 5% difference
Sales and Related Occupations: $141 less, 22% difference
Office and Administrative Support Occupations: $15 less, 3% difference
Service Occupations: $32 less, 8% difference
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations: $45 less, 12% difference
Construction and Extraction Occupations: $86 less, 14% difference
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations: $45 less, 6% difference
Production Occupations: $127 less, 23% difference
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations: $142 less, 26% difference
In conclusion, it's perfectly apparent that even in 20th Century America, women make less money than men in no less than every sector of the economy. Rather embarrassing.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Posted by Agaric at 7:25 AM