Here's The Depressing List of Crap You Could Buy if the Wage Gap Didn't Exist

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If you didn't have your pesky ladyparts holding you back, you'd probably be rich right now. Well, richer. Behold, a chart explaining just what you could do with the extra $10,000 or so the average working man makes over the average working woman per year.

Illustration for article titled Heres The Depressing List of Crap You Could Buy if the Wage Gap Didnt Exist
Illustration for article titled Heres The Depressing List of Crap You Could Buy if the Wage Gap Didnt Exist
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A way cooler apartment? Fourteen new cars? Two new houses? If men and women made the same amount of money over their lifetimes, we would never have needed Oprah and her bygone show's hysterical generosity. I don't know if I'd like to literally have a penis, all floppy and sweaty or shrinking and vulnerable, but I'd sure like to be paid like I have a penis.

Yes, depressingly, despite of all the gains women have made (we can be named "Devin" and "Ryan" now), the wage gap still stubbornly hangs on, like an inexplicably hangover from brunch that lasts into the evening. According for the Center for American Progress, a woman is the breadwinner in nearly 2/3 of American households, so the wage gap affects more than just the women being stiffed. And college-educated women who make identical choices to men with respect to family size, grades, degrees, and types of jobs can still expect to earn 12% less than men 10 years after graduation. For single women, the gap's even worse — unmarried ladies only earn 57 cents to every dollar earned by married men.

A happy and blessed Equal Pay Day to you! A happy and blessed Equal Pay day to us, everyone!

[Center for American Progress]

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danielleJP
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Ugh I live this and I don't know how to fix it. I've tried to get my salary increased to what I know male coworkers (who have the same education, experience, and time with the company) but I've been unsuccessful. I hate the supposed "never talk about salary" culture that companies like to have, it makes it so awkward to bringing up knowledge of salary gaps, ect, which is probably the goal. But I feel like it would be unprofessional to say "well so-and-so makes ___ so I should to" or anything along those lines.

It's frustrating.