Econ of Discrimination - sept 9th reponse.docx

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While many social and political agendas today portray a fatalistic view of women and the wage gap, Smith and Ward in their article “Women in the Labor Market and in the Family” shed some light on these pessimistic misconceptions. The wage gap between men and women in the workforce has deceptively appeared to remain constant because most women entering or reentering the workforce have low skill and education, thus bringing down the average wage of all working females. The general population of women, however, has become increasingly skilled and well-educated since the 1920’s, and in fact “between 1920 and 1980, women's wages grew 20 percent faster than men's wages” (14). This evidence implies that contrary to what is portrayed in the media, the economic stature of women in the labor market improved tremendously throughout the twentieth-century and will continue to rise well into the future, which has remained accurate looking at the economy today. Unfortunately, these female labor market successes have not prevented what Smith and Ward label the “feminization of poverty.” The
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