Women managers paid less than male counterparts

Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:20am EDT
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Women managers in the United States are paid 81 cents for every dollar earned by male managers, according to a government report released on Tuesday.

The 19-cent wage gap marks a slight narrowing from a study seven years earlier that showed women managers making 79 cents for each man's dollar, said the report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The study compared U.S. Census Bureau data from 2000 to 2007.

"Little progress has been made since 2000," said U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat who chairs the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, which was to hold a hearing on the report in Washington on Tuesday.

"Progress has been slow both when it comes to expanding women's share of management positions and in cutting into the pay gap," Maloney told Reuters ahead of the report's release.

Women made up 40 percent of managers and 49 percent of non-managers in the 2007 work force, largely unchanged from 2000, the study said.

Having children was a major factor in gender pay differences, the study found.

Of managers with children, women earned 79 cents for every man's dollar in 2007. Of managers without children, women earned 83 cents for every male manager's dollar, it said.

Mothers of children under 18 comprised just 14 percent of managers and 17 percent of nominates, the 2007 study said.   Continued...

<p>A woman uses a smartphone to perform various tasks in New York in this September 25, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Natalie Behring</p>