The pay gap between what men and women make is worse than census data indicates. A new survey claims that women earn 49 cents compared to every dollar men earn. Economists had estimated that women earned about 80% of what men earned, but that number is based on census data.
The Institute for Women's Policy Research said that data does not account for part-time workers and those who take time off from work, which women do more than men. More than four of ten women step back from the workplace for at least a year usually to take care of children.
Women who leave the workforce for at least a year earn 39% less than women who remain in the workforce. The study says things are getting better. The earnings and participation by women has increased since the 1960s.