More than one-quarter of 2010 is already over; in fact 110 days have passed this year to get us to this date-April 20. This is significant for women and their families because it represents the additional days that the average women needs to work into 2010 in order to equal the pay that the average man made in 2009. So while women have made significant gains in the business world in the last few decades, this pay gap still remains a troublesome sign of the disparity that still remains between men and women at work.
According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, the latest census statistics show that the gap between men and women's earnings widened slightly between 2007 and 2008 from women making 77.8% of men's earnings to 77%. Based on the median earnings of full-time, year-round workers, women's earnings were $35,745 and men's earnings were $46,367 in 2008. Statistics also show how little the wage gap has changed over time. Twenty years ago, for example, women earned 71.6% of men's earnings, while if you go back fifty years to 1960, women earned 60.7% of men's earnings.