Wages of women falls in relation to men?

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Wages of women falls in relation to men
Thursday, March 10, 2011
by Ligia Carvalho

A study conducted by the São Paulo and the Department of Statistics and Socioeconomic Studies (Dieese) in the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo, reveals that the average salary of women fell from 79.8% to 75.2% compared to men in the comparison between 2009 and 2010, breaking the trend of gender equalization of wages that occurred since 2000, when the female wage was 73.6% male.

Lead researcher, Alexander George Loloian, for São Paulo, believes however, that the first decade of the 21st century was positive for women. He attributes the increase in wage inequality between the sexes, especially economic growth in the industry more concentrated in recent years. Loloian explains that the industry is the sector that pays the highest salaries and is also predominantly male, and how was the fastest growing sector, eventually contributing to the imbalance of pay by gender.

He admits that there is still a long way to walk in favor of gender equality in the labor market, but notes that the process is underway, especially with regard to professions requiring higher education. "The number of professional women with higher education is 53.6% of the population studied, while men with college degrees account for 51.3%," says the coordinator.

The research reveals that the percentage of population with college degrees in metropolitan Sao Paulo jumped 11.7% in 2000 to 15% in 2010, while among women the percentage is even higher: 17.1% of professionals in the area surveyed completed college, while only 13% of men achieved the same academic level.

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