Date
25 November 2017
Hillary Clinton has been championing pay equality, better family leave policies and affordable childcare. Photo: Reuters
Hillary Clinton has been championing pay equality, better family leave policies and affordable childcare. Photo: Reuters

Women’s pay issues resonating with most Americans

About two-thirds of Americans believe men are generally paid more than women.

The finding by a Reuters/Ipsos online poll suggests the message of pay inequality is broadly resonating with the public.

Fifty-one percent of respondents said the US government should be doing more to encourage equal pay.

The survey polled 2,348 adults from Feb. 27 to March 3.

The growing interest in pay equality may indicate why Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic presidential frontrunner, has chosen to highlight gender during recent appearances.

In speeches to women’s groups in Silicon Valley and Washington, Clinton has argued for addressing pay disparity, bolstering family leave policies and helping families afford childcare.

“We’re not just standing up for women but for all people — for our families, our communities, our country, and indeed, the kind of world we want for our children,”

Women helped fuel the country’s economic growth over the past 40 years, and without them, the average family would be earning US$14,000 less and the gross domestic product would be US$2 trillion smaller, Clinton said.

Clinton has championed the economic advancement of women as a former secretary of state, US senator and first lady.

Of 111 occupations for which the government received enough data to determine 2010 pay disparities, women out-earned men in only four categories — food preparation, bill and account collections, stock clerks and order fillers, and counselors.

These figures were also based on median wages and were not adjusted for variables such as education or career interruptions to care for children and family.

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