Gender Wage Gap Narrows only Slightly Even though Women’s Earnings Are More Important than Ever to American Families
(March 8, 2010) A new Fact Sheet released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, based on data from the US
Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that in 2009 median weekly earnings for women were $657 compared with
$819 for men, a female-to-male-earnings ratio of 80.2 percent (making for a weekly gender wage gap of 19.8
percent). While the weekly gender wage gap narrowed slightly in 2009, it is still above its lowest point of 19
percent in 2005. Only full-time workers are included in this measure. An alternative measure of the gender wage
gap, based on median annual earnings, is not yet available for 2009; in 2008 it was 22.9 percent.