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Wages Still Differ for Men and Women
Posted on March 16th, 2012 By: Alison
More than half of American men and women believe gender diversity in the workplace has a positive impact on the economic health of our country. That’s according to a new poll from The Allstate Corporation and National Journal. Thirty-six percent of men and 39% of women cite “a flexible work schedule to pursue outside interests and spend time with your family” as either the primary or secondary most important reason for working.
Despite the positive feelings, women working full-time earn an average of 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. About half of women and 39% of men say the wage gap is caused by the fact that many women leave jobs, scale back hours and dedicate more time to caring for family. About a fourth say the reason for the wage gap is gender discrimination. “This poll shows that belief in the American dream remains strong notwithstanding our economic challenges,” said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Allstate in a news release. “Americans once again show their ability to have a sophisticated conversation around complicated issues such as gender, economics or race. Americans understand, as does Allstate, that diversity is a part of the American dream. They acknowledge that gains have been made in creating opportunity for women but that more can be done.”
While women say they have more opportunity than their mothers did to get ahead in society, fewer than half of those polled believe that men and women have equal opportunity to advance in the workplace. “Despite the persistence of the wage gap and some continued doubts about equal opportunity, the most powerful sentiment among women in this poll is a sense of doors opening, especially when compared with previous generations,” said National Journal editorial director Ronald Brownstein in a news release. “Even as both men and women wrestle with balancing their home and work responsibilities, the poll found that the era of ‘mommy wars’ between working and stay-at-home mothers is being replaced by women who are comfortable shifting between the two roles, at a pace and proportion that they control.”