This week, a Brooklyn bar called The Way Station had a special promotion just for women. More than the routine “Ladies’ Night,” The Way Station decided to charge women 77 percent of their bill in recognition of the gender wage gap. So, for instance, if a woman’s tab is $30, she would have to pay $23.
The White House reports full-time working women earn 77 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn. Although The Way Station’s promotion received national coverage, Slate reports the working women do not make 77 cents of every dollar men earn, but rather, an estimated 87 percent.
“[I]nstead of comparing annual wages, start by comparing average weekly wages,” the article says. “This is considered a slightly more accurate measure because it eliminates variables like time off during the year or annual bonuses. By this measure, women earn 81 percent of what men earn, although it varies widely by race. African-American women, for example, earn 94 percent of what African-American men earn in a typical week. Then, when you restrict the comparison to men and women working 40 hours a week, the gap narrows to 87 percent.”
Either way, women unfairly make less.
Slate continues to state that the gender gap varies in occupation and industry. Industries dominated by women may not be higher-paying than those who are male dominated. When these differences are accounted for, the pay gap narrows to 91 percent.