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AWIS in Action! November 2012 - M3
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AWIS In Action!

 Advocacy & Public Policy Newsletter   ~   November 2012
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M3 The Maddening Monthly Mention
* Shiny Keys *
Most people seem to agree that this has been a particularly ugly campaign season. Between debates about what counts as a legitimate rape, the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do-abortions-are-fine-for-my-wife-and-mistresses-but-not-for-you politicians, the 47% "freeloaders” which includes veterans who have nobly served and sacrificed so much for our country, the suggestion that single ladies voted for Obama because we are sluts, the idea that America is "not a traditional America anymore” because the demographics are shifting away from old white men comprising the majority, or that minorities and youths voted for Obama because of "gifts”, I am tired. I am tired, and I am frustrated because the issues which are really important to women are getting lost in all the craziness with all the shiny, jangling key distractions.
Two new studies came out which counter two of the biggest arguments about why there is a gender wage gap and nobody should do anything about it. The first argument claims that women make different choices in terms of careers and childbearing and that is why there is a wage gap. However, a study just released by AAUW, Graduating to a Pay Gap, shows that when salaries are compared between men and women exactly one year after college graduation who graduated with degrees in the same field, women still earn less than men. Among teachers, women earned 11% less than men. In business, women earned 86% of what men made, and in sales women earned 77% of a man’s salary. One Year Out! Throw in repayment of student loans and it becomes an even uglier story as they earn less, thus pay it back at a slower rate, and thus accumulate more interest and more debt.
Contrary to the usual argument that women fail to negotiate for raises, the opposite is true, according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study showed that when there is an explicit opportunity to negotiate women do so, and haggle even more than men. TribeHR, a human resource software vendor, evaluated salary and workplace recognition in 2012 among 20,000 employees at 2,200 companies. They found that women receive raises at a slightly higher rate than men, 7.4% to 6.2%. However, the overall amount of the raise is where the different lies, with men receiving 60% of the 5% or higher raises. Furthermore, men were three times as likely as women to get a raise of 25% or higher. Channeling Bill Engvall, let me just say, "Heeeereeeee’s your pay gap.”
When it comes to the issues that really matter to women, there seems to be a disconnect between what some of the country thinks are problems for women, and what the actual issues are. On the bright side, we have more women in Congress this upcoming session, such that it led to the first ever line for the ladies room in the Senate! Unfortunately, as long as Congress is focused on the fiscal cliff, it will be hard to get them to deal with issues like pay equity. Furthermore, since Senate Republicans blocked the equal pay bill this past summer, pay equity hasn’t gotten much attention, leading many to think the issue has simply gone away, and that is outrageous.
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