The gender gap in Arkansas: Women trail men in pay | Arkansas Blog

Monday, April 13, 2015

The gender gap in Arkansas: Women trail men in pay

Posted By on Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 1:54 PM

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A new study says working women employed full-time in Arkansas make 77 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap of $9,291.

Arkansas has the 17th largest wage gap among the states according to the analysis by the National Partnership for Women and Families, based on Census data.

Yes, some claim that there are substantive reasons for a wage gap — choice of professions, motherhood and the like. Here's a comeback on that theory if you're of a mind to argue.

The Partnership says the wage gap persists regardless of industry or occupation and education level and it will not disappear in 50 years at the current pace of change.

Look around you — at the CEOs of Arkansas businesses, at top executives, at boards of directors. There's a gender gap.

Progress has been made. I remember that it was 1976 when one of the biggest Little Rock law firms first hired a woman lawyer. She was qualified. She also had a husband named Bill who was going places.

And look at us now. We have four women on the Arkansas Supreme Court. And I don't think it's at all sexist to rue the day some of them were elected.

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