Nearing Equality; Gender Pay Gap is Eroding

Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that women now earn 82 percent as much as men, up from 64 percent in 1980. This latest figure represents median annual earnings for full-time, year-round workers, including self-employed, but not seasonal workers.

Progress has also been made in gender segregation within the labor market,

with many previously male-dominated fields including law, banking, medicine and civil service jobs such as bus drivers and mail carriers opening  up to women. In 2012, President Obama cited his signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as a second-term issue for addressing gender discrimination.

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