The way gender gap effects the culture at large is because the gender pay gap is very real. The Gender Pay Gap refers to the difference between men’s earnings and women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s earnings. In today’s society women and men do about the same amount of work but get paid a difference because of their gender. While it’s no longer socially acceptable, old-fashioned, Mad Men-style sexism is still around, and it still hits women in the wallet. The culture at large is mostly main affected because some men and women can be single parents or it can also be the type of ethnicity they are and their education.
The gender pay gap affects all women, but for women of color the pay shortfall is worse. According to American Association of University Women, Asian American women’s salaries show the smallest gender pay gap, at 90 percent of white men’s earnings. Hispanic women’s salaries show the largest gap, at 54 percent of white men’s earnings. Education is part of the reason that white and Asian women get paid more than African American women and Hispanic. That’s because they are less likely to graduate from high school or college than their white peers. Lower graduation rates mean that many African American and Hispanic/Latina young people enter the workforce with one hand tied behind their backs.
White men are used as a benchmark because they make up the largest demographic group in the labor force. Men were almost twice as likely as women to work more than 40 hours a week, and women almost twice as likely to work only 35 to 39 hours per week. Once that is taken into consideration, the pay gap begins to shrink. Women who worked a 40-hour week earned 88% of male earnings. However in today’s society women still earn around 20 percent less than the men