Women’s Economic Issues

Women’s Economic Issues

How Utah’s Child Care Shortage Impacts the Gender Wage Gap

When women can’t find child care, whether because it’s unavailable or unaffordable, some turn to jobs that may pay less but offer greater mothering flexibility, while others leave the workforce entirely, forgoing their current salary as well as future earning potential. Those factors contribute heavily to the gender wage gap, with Utah’s...
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Understanding the Gender Wage Gap

Women earn 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. That’s an accurate statistic, but it doesn’t capture the complexity of the wage gap. It doesn’t, for example, reveal that the wage gap changes over the course of careers or that some professions have really big wage gaps and others have small ones. Understanding the nuances of the wage gap is important...
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Marriage, Penalized: Does Social-Welfare Policy Affect Family Formation?, Institute for Family Studies

The expanding reach of the welfare state means that a substantial share of lower-middle-class couples with children receive such aid—and many of these couples receive more generous support if they are unmarried. That’s especially the case if their total income as a cohabiting couple is not considered in determining their eligibility for assistance,...
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