Pay Inequality: Women Do All of the Work, So Why Do We Get Paid Less?

Women, we get the short end of the stick. Not that we weren’t already aware of it.

We do all of the cooking, cleaning, and childcare, PLUS hold down a full-time job. And sometimes other part-time gigs, too (you PF bloggers know what I’m talking about).

So why do men get the bigger salaries?

Women are STILL making only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns, on average. Forget you single ladies — you’re only earning a pathetic 57 cents for every dollar your male counterparts earn. And mothers earn 7 percent less than childless women.

We carry the babies, fill your stomachs, scour the pots, and make sure your underwear is clean. We make sure your clothes aren’t a wrinkled mess when you walk into the office in the morning, and some of us (not me) pack you a nice lunch every day.

Sure, we’ve come a long way, but we need to close up the wage gap. Jezebel put up an eye-opening chart that shows what a woman could do with the extra $10,000 a man makes per year, and then what she could buy with that money over a lifetime of work. And as we age, the wage gap becomes even larger!

The Economy’s Not Helping

Who out there has gotten a raise in the past few years? How about a bonus? You’re the lucky ones. Many people — both men and women — have had stagnant incomes.

We women work our asses off 24/7, and some of us haven’t even seen a cost of living raise in 4-5 years. I do realize it depends on the industry, but if we’re not given a chance to advance, how can anyone not expect morale and productivity to take a nosedive? Many of my male friends have continued to see raises, promotions and bonuses. Most of my female counterparts have not.All the while, prices are rising: gas and commuting, groceries, clothing. You know, the necessities.

Stereotypes Still Exist

A New York Post headline screams, “Wisconsin GOPer: Women make less because ‘Money is more important for men.'” Those are words from a state senator, folks, and I take offense. Money is important to women like me, too — we need it to keep food on the table, a roof over our heads (in Northern NJ, middle class folks need two incomes to pay for the average mortgage), and send our kids to college. Without money, it’s hard to survive. That’s why women want to make as much as the rest of you guys.

Yes, we birth the babies and get time off for that. Have you seen what we go through with pregnancy and labor/delivery? And nowadays, most of us head right back into the workforce after our maternity leave is up. The days of the stay-at-home mom are a thing of the past.

Ironically, Tuesday, April 17 was “Equal Pay Day.” At the current rate, it will take another 45 years to fully close the wage gap. I hope the sexism ends before our children enter the workforce.

Baby Frugalista, The Babysitter & Work

Well, we’ve survived almost 3 weeks of me being back at work full time. I also survived nearly 4 months without a paycheck, solely relying on our tax refund to make up for the lack of income on my end. Somehow, we made it with $300 to spare — budgeting for the win!

Not only was I okay financially, but emotionally, too. Having someone we know and trust babysit Baby Frugalista has made all the difference. Mr. Not-So-Frugal and I know she’s in good hands. Don’t get me wrong — I’m sad to leave her every day, but I haven’t had any crying jags about it. And the baby has acclimated wonderfully to the new situation. I leave her smiling, and when Mr. NSF picks her up, she’s STILL smiling. That’s reassuring! At least until the dreaded separation anxiety kicks in on the baby’s end…

The most wonderful sight arrived in my mailbox last Thursday: A paystub! I need to redo our budget to include my usual income and, now, the cost of the babysitter. Luckily, it doesn’t cost as much to have the baby with the sitter as it would to put her in daycare. But we do have some credit card bills to pay off, which I hope to have done by March 2012, if not before. Luckily, I was able to transfer a good portion of the $3,000 we owe to a credit card with a 0% offer — there was a 2% transaction fee, but that was “only” a month’s worth of interest at the usual rate. So it was well worth it.