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Yes.

If you live in the United States and you’re female, according to the 2005 Census statistics (graphed above), you’re most likely getting paid less.

What are the factors? Discrimination or choices in life?

The answer is apparently because of discrimination, according to a recent CNN article which reported on the research results from the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation.

The foundation is aimed at promoting education and equity for women and girls, so the report may be biased. Still, results from research like these are always an eye opener.

One year out of college, women working full time earn 80 percent of what men earn, according to the study… Ten years later, women earn 69 percent as much as men earn.

Specifically, the percentages that are attributed to gender is 5 percent one year after graduation and 12 percent 10 years after graduation (thanks to samerwriter for pointing this out).

The widening gap accounts for factors in number of hours worked and changes in life situation (such as parenthood). In short, as the research reported, if a woman and man make the same choice, they will not receive the same pay.

As most of you know, I am of the male gender — pending any future life choices (just kidding I’ll stay male, thank you very much). In my life situation, I don’t see the pay gap reported from researches like above. Of course, I’m certainly not ignorant enough to discount reports such as these just because they don’t apply to my surroundings. (Especially since most of the females in my life are starting work in high-demand fields such as pharmacy and nursing).

This blog has a good number of female readers, and although its entirely unscientific to simply ask, I’ll ask away anyway: Do you get pay less because you’re female and do you believe its discrimination or choices in life?

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