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Don't worry Miss Utah - We have the Wage Gap Data
By now you have probably see the viral video of Miss Utah's brain freeze in response to the question "A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?"during the Miss America Pagent last week. Despite Marissa Powell's experience in front of a live audience (on her official bio, the aspiring model-singer-actress references belting out the national anthem for 10,000 people and regularly performing with her band, Geniveve) she lost her train of thought and began to wander into fluff territory. Marissa started off fine as she began to answer: "I think you can relay this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to …"
Unfortunately, she lost her train of though and continued to speak: "… figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem, and I think especially for men are seen as the leaders of this so we need to try to figure out how to create education better, so that we can solve this problem. Thank you."
Miss Utah, who finished third runner-up and walk away with the Miss Photogenic USA Award, a prize given to the delegate who "exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera," appeared on the Today show Tuesday to put her slip of the tongue into perspective and clarify what she would have liked to have said
“This is not OK,’’ she said. “It needs to be equal pay for equal work. It’s hard enough already to earn a living, and it shouldn’t be harder just because you’re a woman.” Powell, said anxiety got the better of her on Sunday night.
The Institute for Women's Policy Research reported in April that women's median earnings are lower than men's in nearly all occupations, whether they work in jobs predominantly done by women, those predominantly done by men or occupations with a more even mix of men and women. This chart provides a comparison of women's median earnings in 20 occupations in which women are dominant.
Table 1: The Wage Gap in the 20 Most Common Occupations for Women
It is important for both women and men in our society to understand the wage disparity that continues to exist in the workplace and the relevance and impact that this has on every family and the economy as a whole.
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