Georgetown University Report Shows Women Still Earn Less Than Men

March 7, 2018

Share this

Title: Women Can’t Win: Despite Making Educational Gains and Pursuing High-Wage Majors, Women Still Earn Less than Men

Source: Center on Education and the Workforce- Georgetown University

A recent report by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce examines pay inequity between men and women, despite significant advancements women have made in educational attainment and experience. As of 2015, women earned 57 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded, a considerable jump from 43 percent in 1970. Despite this progress, women are still compensated less, making only 81 cents for every dollar earned by a man.

The report notes that when pursuing degrees, women are more likely to choose fields and majors that are less lucrative than what men typically choose. For example, although women have higher representation in the engineering field (17 percent today compared to 1 percent in 1970), they are also more likely to major in environmental engineering, the lowest-paying engineering major within the field. Once earning their degree, women are also less likely to choose higher-paying occupations, even when they do choose higher-paying fields. This disparity results in men earning on average $1 million more than women over the course of their career.

In addition to discrimination, the report goes on to cite systemic bias, cultural bias, familial responsibility, and social cues that condition women to take on such responsibilities at the expense of their personal career aspirations. To address this, women need information and counseling regarding career options at an early age. Additionally, lucrative fields, like STEM, must work to attract more female talent and work to promote pay equity between the sexes.

To read the full report, please click here.

If you have any questions or comments about this blog post, please contact us.

Keep Reading

Roanoke College Lab

Where Are the Women in STEM?

From decades of widely reported and debated research, we know that women have been enrolling in and graduating from college in greater numbers than men since the 1980s. But there is one area where the increased presence of women is notably missing—the so-called STEM fields: with the greatest disparities occurring in the important fields of engineering and computer science.

March 3, 2015

Reflections on Advancing Women in Higher Education

ACE has launched a new campaign—Moving the Needle: Advancing Women in Higher Education Leadership—that asks college and university presidents to commit to helping achieve the goal that by 2030, half of U.S. college and university chief executives are women. ACE’s Lynn M. Gangone looks at women’s advancement in higher education leadership in recent years—and the prospects for the future.

January 25, 2016

ACE at 100: Advocating for Women in Higher Education

Throughout its history, ACE has worked to support the inclusion of women in all aspects of higher education. From advocating women’s right to work in the 1920s to creating a pipeline to higher education leadership positions in recent years, ACE has spearheaded a number of initiatives focused on women and their success.

June 4, 2018