Knowledge abuot the pay gap does not surprise me. The "degree" of difference does, yes, pun intended. the chart highlights this fairly dramatically, taken from this blog with link to original publication (http://kaysteiger.com/). Other images are taken from the document, which can be found in PDF at the following link (http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/collegepayoff-complete.pdf).
Women have to have a PhD to earn as much as a man with a Bachelor's degree. These data only include those who have worked full time, when time off work to raise children or due to disability is taken into account there is an even greater difference, at all educational levels but especially at the lowest level. A 90% difference!
the differences in wages are not just restricted to gender, however. Race, also, shows large differences.
It seems there remains a lot of work to be done towards greater equality between race and gender with regard to wages, and this is certainly not a problem restricted to the USA. I wonder how much relates to differences in approaches to work, such as asking for higher wages (http://www.guardian.co.uk/) and how much is down to discrimination. Either way, there is still a gap that needs addressing, although I am not entirely sure how one wuold go about doing that.
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!