Gender Pay Gap

By: Rebecca Maguire

The gender pay gap is becoming a rising issue in society today as more people are become more aware of it, although this gap has been around for a very long time. On average for every $1 a man earns, a woman earns $0.77 in the US. This gap is also present in other countries such as Australia.  Women receive more college degrees than men yet they are still paid less on average.  There has been some laws put into place to try to lessen the gap like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act but it hasn't done much to help.

Some people would argue that women should get less because they can become pregnant and go on maternity leave but most often those leaves are unpaid and it is becoming more common for new fathers to go on paternity leave.

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