The gender pay gap: An IT issue that must get fixed
March 24, 2021, marked this year’s Equal Pay Day — the date on which working women as a collective group catch up to men’s 2020 pay.
The fact that women must work an extra three months to earn what men make in 12 months is confirmed by data from multiple studies that show that women make less than men in all occupations and across all industries.
“The overarching story is that the gender wage gap is prevalent and over time it has been persistent. It has narrowed, but it has persisted. And it has stuck itself in this range of about 15 cents to the dollar,” says Rakesh Kochhar, a senior researcher with the Pew Research Center.
Despite its innovation and forward-looking nature, technology and enterprise IT professions also suffer a gender pay gap. A 2020 report from jobs site Dice reveals a pay differential that transcends regions, states, and occupations; the report also notes that in some states that differential exceeds $15,000.