CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – It may be hard to believe, but even in 2013, women still only make about 77 cents to every dollar made by men in similar positions.
Bonnie Hall has about 40 years of realty experience under her belt and for the past 5 years she’s been the sole owner of Hall Realty.
One of the things that drew Hall to reality was being able to control what she makes.
“Commission sales are already equal, always have been so you sell, you earn. You don’t sell, you don’t earn,” says Hall.
While she’s found a loophole in a trend that has continued for decades, the gender pay gap continues.
And it’s meant that women are getting paid 76.5 cents to every dollar that men make
“There should be no difference as long as what she is doing and what he are doing are exactly the same,” Hall adds.
“In some ways, it’s not surprising that there hasn’t been more progress made.” Dr. Eric Shoars is the author of, “Women Under Glass,” and has written articles about this very issue.
“Part of the reasoning for the pay gap is the perception of roles between men and women,” adds Shoars.
But today, he says it’s likely that just as many women are breadwinners as men, but females can find themselves at a competitive disadvantage when they take time off work to have children.
“What ever the duration on opting out that has a bearing on her earning power because her male counterparts have no interruptions in their work life,” he says.
But it also comes down to how the two sexes view salaries.
Men tend to look at how much they make as a score card, but for women, the compensation they accept for their careers can take on a different meaning.
“I think in some cases women unknowingly accept less just because they’re trying to get the experience of a greater position then they are keeping score with that salary,” explains Shoars.
The younger generation of women has less of a pay gap in the workforce.
Women between the ages of 15 to 24 years old are making 88 cents for every dollar that men make.