Office Issues

When people say “a woman’s work is never done,” they’re not talking about paid employment. A study released last month by the U.S. General Accounting Office, an arm of Congress, finds that male workers are more likely than their female counterparts to work full-time (88 percent vs. 67 percent). The chart here further details the male skew of the workforce, based on data from 2000. But even when these and other quantitative differences are taken into account, women’s earnings are 20 percent lower than men’s. The report notes that the statistical model can’t tell us the extent to which “women trade off advancement or higher earnings for a job that offers flexibility to manage work and family responsibilities.” Nor, given such variables, can it tell us the extent to which sexism depresses their earnings.