The Independent Women’s Forum set the record straight about women’s economic success. IWF challenges the popular, but baseless, myth that women earn only 76 cents on the male dollar. IWF debunks this myth with facts — facts that reflect the real choices of real women.
According to Women’s Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economic Progress of Women in America:
- This mythical wage gap fails to consider crucial factors such as education, type of job, and consecutive years in the workforce. When these factors are considered, women earn as much as men.
- Women earn more associate’s, bachelor’s and masters degrees than men and have been the majority on college campuses since the mid-1980s.
- With increased education has come increased earning power for women. Between 1960 and 1994, women’s wages grew ten times as fast as men’s wages.
The IWF rejects the political posturing of Equal Pay Day and provides a different message, one based on facts and the real-world choices made every day by women across the country.