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Study: Economic conditions for NC women improving

Posted October 11, 2012

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— Women in North Carolina have narrowed the gap with men in terms of wages and have made advances in obtaining higher education and in access to health care in recent years, according to a study released Thursday.

The 2012 Status of Women in North Carolina report updates a study that was conducted in 1996.

The study notes that women statewide earn on average 83 cents for every dollar earned by men in similar jobs. In the Triangle, the disparity is even worse, with women earning 79 cents on the dollar.

Twenty years ago, the wage gap for women was 28 cents on the dollar, according to the study.

Other findings indicate that North Carolina women are more likely than men to hold a college degree, yet they're also more likely to live below the federal poverty line. Also, families headed by single mothers have the lowest median income of all family household types.

"Education is an important form of protection against poverty, not only for a wage-earning parent but also for her children,” Gov. Beverly Perdue said in a news conference at Wake Technical Community College in Garner. “Economic instability for women casts a long shadow, but our push to make education and job-ready training more affordable and accessible is helping to turn the tide.”

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The study also shows women have become more politically powerful than they were in 1996.

There are more women lawmakers and leaders in North Carolina, including Perdue, the state's first female governor. In the last presidential election, 69 percent of eligible women voted in the state, compared with 66 percent voter turnout among men.

Perdue said women should remember the economic challenges they face when they go to the polls next month.

"You got a lot of people all over this state and country running around shaking hands and promising you the moon," she said. "Ask them where they stand on pay equity. Ask them where they stand on child care and health care benefits for women and their families. Ask them those questions before you promise them (your) vote."

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  • WooHoo2You Oct 11, 7:07 p.m.

    ONLY MALES are required to register with the selective service. HUH???? Why are women not demanding that they be treated the same - whatelse.

    Because male leaders won't let let women serve in combat MOSs even when asked...

  • miseem Oct 11, 6:27 p.m.

    ONLY MALES are required to register with the selective service. HUH???? Why are women not demanding that they be treated the same - whatelse.

    And when was the last time a male was actually drafted? Of course, they may want to get ready for that situation if Romney gets in. Gonna take a lot of troops to occupy Iran, Syria and Egypt.

  • WooHoo2You Oct 11, 5:57 p.m.

    "It is beyond me to understand why there is a pay disparity between men and women in NC for the same work performed."

    It is beyond me why people believe in this nonsense. In all the jobs I have every held, INCLUDING the military, I have yet to see any two people perform EQUAL work.- whatelseisnew

    So since women make only 83 percent of what a man does for the same job is that because men preform 17 percent more work than women on average...that is the ONLY way you could justify your position.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Oct 11, 3:55 p.m.

    Who does WRAL get their marching orders from? One could hardly say that this 'news' media is unbiased. There has been zero economic improvement for any American for the last four years...unless you count food stamps.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 11, 3:55 p.m.

    "It is beyond me to understand why there is a pay disparity between men and women in NC for the same work performed."

    It is beyond me why people believe in this nonsense. In all the jobs I have every held, INCLUDING the military, I have yet to see any two people perform EQUAL work. The true pay disparity occurs in union jobs and government jobs, where you get the same pay and benefits regardless of your performance.

    But this is all typical leftist nonsense. If you do not like the pay, then demand more and if it is not forthcoming, then go elsewhere. Child care is not the employers problem or responsibility.

    Health CARE for women. Well now they pay less than they should for insurance. I have yet to see any places that tell women they will not provide them with health care because they are women.

    Let us discuss a TRUE gender discrimination. ONLY MALES are required to register with the selective service. HUH???? Why are women not demanding that they be treated the same?

  • storchheim Oct 11, 2:48 p.m.

    CHILD CARE IS NOT A WOMEN'S PROBLEM, IT'S A PARENTS' PROBLEM.

    YES, I'M SHOUTING.

  • batcave Oct 11, 2:40 p.m.

    Tell ya what Bev, if a woman wants to start her own corporation and pay the females more, I am all for it.

  • batcave Oct 11, 2:36 p.m.

    Ask them where they stand on child care

    That would be the parents job, at least it used to be.

  • rhess2 Oct 11, 1:58 p.m.

    It is beyond me to understand why there is a pay disparity between men and women in NC for the same work performed. Certainly updating the 1996 "Status of Women in North Carolina" study was needed. I can't understnd why it took almost 16 yrs. to do so. One can't help but wonder during the interim between 1996 and 2012 was there any real concern about the status.

    What is surprising in 2012, the disparity is greater in the Triangle than the State average. As long as the General Assembly keeps it's present make up for any length of time don't look for any major improvements anytime soon.

  • andrewthomasregan Oct 11, 1:38 p.m.

    Ask them where they stand on pay equity. Ask them where they stand on child care and health care benefits for women and their families.

    A fairer question would be to ask why benefits are left out of pay equity. Why, because we cost 40 percent more. Also ask them why child care and health care benefits for women and their families? What about asking for health care benefits and child care for men. I am really glad Purdue is going to be gone very soon.

    Also what about a study to see how men are doing? We are being left behind to the cheers of our politicians. Men, you have to vote to get rid of these female chauvinists.