I was scrolling through Yahoo today, when an article came up entitled “Five Jobs where Women and Men Have Equal Earning Power”. I read through it and was really shocked to see what the top 5 jobs where, mainly due to the fact they were all fields where one would easily assume it is a field that is male dominated. Here is the list of the 5 jobs with equal earning power for men and women:
1. Systems Engineer
Female Median Annual Salary: $72,300
Male Median Annual Salary: $71, 500
2. Electrical Engineer
Female Median Annual Salary: $66, 000
Male Median Annual Salary: $66,000
3. Mechanical Engineer
Female Median Annual Salary: $61, 100
Male Median Annual Salary $60,400
Female Median Annual Salary: $39,300
Male Median Annual Salary: $38, 800
5. Computer Repair Technician
Female Median Annual Salary: $31, 500
Male Median Annual Salary: $31, 500
As you can see, these jobs are all male dominated jobs, and yet, the women in these industries are making equal, if not more, in annual salaries. In my last post, I discussed powerful women, or rather, lack of powerful women, within the world. When I came across this article I was very excited, because after thinking women were falling behind, it is clear that women are pushing forward and are truly becoming powerful individuals for they are beginning to dominate male centered career fields.
As stated within this article, according to research from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) shows that if the gender wage continues to close as slowly as it has over the last 50 years, it will take until 2056 for women’s earnings to equal men’s, however, recently there has been much greater change and therefore IWPR is doing more research because they now believe the year should be sooner. This is changing due to the fact that women are receiving college degrees and graduate degrees at faster rates than men. I feel that, still, the complete equality between genders is not there yet, but after completing this class and reading these blog posts by my fellow classmates I do feel as though even with all the negative gender stereotyping and reports within media and throughout our culture, the gender gap is slowly closing. There are many statistics to show that even though there is still a separation between genders, women are gaining more and more footing in the work force, in particular with their salary and with the amount of power they hold.
Do you think that this article is a good indication of the changes within our society or do you still feel as though the gender gap is far too prevalent in our society and is not closing quickly enough? I believe that it could be a lot worse, but it could also be far better, right now I’m simply glad that there are articles similar to these to point out the successes of women, especially in male centered fields to display the strength they had to overcome to be accepted in these fields and gain equal status in these career paths.