This Gender Pay Gap Timeline Reveals Everything We Need to Know About the Glass Ceiling

The gender pay gap measures the difference between male and female earnings at work. This timeline from Qualtrics shows us that in general, women have always earned less than men despite having similar qualifications or experiences. While this is a worldwide problem, this timeline looks specifically at the United States. Feminists have been fighting this problem for years since the gap exists because of societal prejudice and discrimination at work.

Feminists brought the wage gap to attention in the 1960s when women were finally allowed to do a greater variety of work outside their homes. At that time, women made $0.61 to every dollar a man made. That gap occasionally grew worse but never raised above $0.61 until the 1980s. Over the course of 60 years, women narrowed the gap to $0.84 to the dollar in 2022, but this is still an unjust difference. Here’s how the changes stacked up by the decade:

  • 1960: $0.61
  • 1970: $0.59
  • 1980: $0.60
  • 1990: $0.72
  • 2000: $0.73
  • 2010: $0.77
  • 2020: $0.83

The persistent gap exists even despite changes to labor law like the Equal Pay Act, which was put into place in 1963. It strove to establish fair practices by employers along with other aspects of worker’s rights like the prohibition of child labor and setting a minimum wage. The act was intended to abolish the wage gap between genders, but we can see clearly on the timeline that this didn’t happen.

Based on the right of change that’s occurred so far, the gender gap would take another 30 years to close. That means we won’t see wage equality in the U.S. until 2056. Many people are fighting for pay parity now because that means it will have taken 93 years to achieve what the Equal Pay Act sought to accomplish. Graphs and infographics like this one can help us raise awareness of a persistent problem based entirely on discrimination and urge lawmakers toward a solution.

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