Shortcut Navigation:


Wage Gap Widens for Women

Photos of Walmart workers in Richmond, Calif. Photo courtesy of OURWalmart's Flickr photostream.

In 2012, the pay gap between women’s and men’s median weekly full-time earnings increased from 2011, reported the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) in new analysis

IWPR reports:

Women’s earnings may have been hurt by budget cutbacks and the loss of public-sector jobs at the local and state level. These are often medium- and higher-skilled jobs with smaller wage gaps than lower-paying industries, such as retail and hospitality, which saw strong job growth in 2012.

“Job growth in retail and hospitality, while welcome, often involves low paid jobs,” said Dr. Heidi Hartmann, president of IWPR. “Women are more likely than men to work in minimum wage jobs and the stall in minimum wage increases disproportionately affects their earnings.”

Read the entire IWPR report

Photo courtesy of OURWalmart's Flickr photo stream. Learn more about the Walmart workers' campaign at
The email address provided does not appear to be valid. Please check the address entered and try again.
Thank you for signing up to receive our blog alerts. You will receive your first email shortly.
Tagged under:
equal pay
pay gap
women workers

Related Stories

Take Action

Tell Congress to Oppose Trump's Nominee for Labor Secretary

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor—fast food CEO Andrew Puzder—would be a disaster for working Americans. Tell your members of Congress to oppose him.

Sign the Petition »

Connect With Us

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Flickr

Get Email from AFL-CIO

Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to 235246 to stop receiving messages. Text HELP to 235246 for more information.


Join Us Online