Gender Gap

The Gender Gap

Over the years, especially in my youth, I have encounter discrimination. I have been discriminated based on appearance, age, class, and interests. I fully understand that the stereotyping I came across is minuscule compared to what others are forced to deal with, but I do understand how it can make life difficult. One form of discrimination I will never have to negotiate is gender. 46.9% of the American work force is female (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015). The statistics clearly point to gender inequality with wages. Women with associate degrees make an average of $42,000 per year and men with only a high school education make $44,300 per year (Henslin, 2014). In 2007 my wife was an established interior designer with an associate’s degree. I was in my second year as a factory worker with only a high school diploma. My gross was 40% more than hers.