(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)
The unacknowledged, but pretty damned real, ‘motherhood penalty,’ in an article on a major news outlet:
Taking median earnings of women and men who worked full time, year-round, government data from 2014 show that women make $0.79 for every dollar a man earns. The average earnings for working mothers come out to even less — $0.71 for every dollar a father makes, according to a 2014 study conducted by the National Partnership for Women and Children.
In a 2013 study, Mary Ann Mason, professor and co-director of the Center for Economics & Family Security at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, revealed some alarming outcomes for women in academia: Women graduate students who are pregnant or mothers with young children are 132 percent more likely to be working in a contingent position, while men with a young child are 36 percent less likely to be in a contingent position. Contingent positions are non-tenured, adjunct, or temporary jobs that are not secure.
This is why women keep asking for equality and parity–because, despite all the bloviating by (mostly white men) who are in positions of power, there is no parity, in salary or in how women are treated in the work place.
Mind you, like many other such articles, this one focuses on women in careers, not on the many women who work at the bottom of the work ladder, such as the food industry, retail, and other unskilled work, who are affected by this disparity to a ridiculous degree.
(Anecdata: I was a supervisor at a food franchise, and guys with little to no food service experience were hired, to be trained by me, making one to two dollars more than I was.)
Too many women with young children, whether single or not, are the main breadwinners in their households. However, regardless of how well they do their job, they tend to be underpaid (in a comparison with their male peers), and passed over for promotions or bonuses.
How do you think this affects generation after generation of people?