Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Wage Gap For Women In Utah

This article should get women in Utah fired up. Unfortunately, it probably won't garner much reaction.

On average, full-time working women in Utah earn $14,600 less annually than their male counterparts.

You can read the full article in the Salt Lake Tribune here:


Meili said...

"Utah has the worst gap in the nation between men and women earning bachelor’s degrees or higher." Yikes! How do you propose we combat this issue, when it isn't possible to know what our co-workers earn? (I use the term "we" loosely, as I am clearly not being paid for my job.)

Diana W. Windley said...

I know Meili...when did our gender stop valuing higher education? Perhaps if women were better educated, they would earn the same wages as their male counterparts.

Wal-Mart is going through a class-action lawsuit right now on the very issue of wage discrimination based on gender.

There are other factors to consider. Perhaps men are more assertive when it comes to negotiating pay? Perhaps women are more concerned about benefits such as family health care or flexible work hours than wages?

As far as the confidentiality of co-workers wages, I'm sure it would take more than a simple request to an HR Department. It would probably take attorneys and subponeas getting involved. There's a class-action lawsuit going on right now with Wal-Mart about this very thing!

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