Behind the Pay Gap

Research released in April 2007 by AAUW shows that just one year out of college, women working full time are already paid less than their male colleagues, even when they work in the same field. Ten years after graduation, the pay gap widens. According to Behind the Pay Gap, women one year out of college are paid 80 percent of what men are paid. Ten years after college graduation that number drops to 69 percent. After controlling for factors that affect earnings — like college major, job, and hours worked per week — women are still paid an unexplained 5 percent less than men one year after college graduation. This unexplained pay gap widens to 12 percent ten years after graduation.

Behind the Pay Gap report was featured in the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams special series “The Truth About Boys and Girls.”