The Persisting Gender Wage Gap in the Nonprofit Sector

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May 4, 2011; Source: TribLIVE | Well, there you go! Even in industries where women comprise the majority of the work force we are still systematically discriminated against in terms of wages. Well shame on us!

Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University has found that in Western Pennsylvania, where it has recently done a survey, women make up 74 percent of the workforce but make only 75 cents for every dollar made by a man.

Nonprofits comprise 10 percent of the workforce in that region and employ 300,000 people – including (as I figure it given my feminine lack of mathematical capacity) about 222,000 underpaid women.—Ruth McCambridge

  • Michelle Bussard

    In 1987, I clipped a cartoon of a man and a woman sitting at their desks facing out. In front of the man it said: The Buck Stops Here. In front of the woman, it said 50 cents stops here. How little has changed and how sad it is.

  • Keith Bender

    Was it not just recently published somewhere on the Net that Women just edged past Men in total employment numbers?
    The rate of change measured in lifetimes and not years seems a more accurate predictor of those changes which we only see upon hind sight. As long as our economies favor financing Wars we will continue to engender a me versus them social contract. And that has depended upon Birthrates and Educational indoctrination.
    Complaining about Pay differences is only one of the many issues that require monitoring as if on some DASHBOARD of some sort. Non Profit may be the wrong choice of words since it counters For Profit which seems to have developed a near cult status while we deviate from a Federal Republic as the basis for our social contract.

    Distractions as we neglect Human Rights?

  • Valerie Jones

    A part of me remains convinced that this imbalance is a measure of how we collectively value women’s work. Even more specifically- our country’s understanding of the nonprofit sector is still largely seen as women’s work and therefore not as valuable. Evolution takes time and I remain grateful for the women who have toiled at this work based in their values for centuries as examples that inspire me today.

  • Susan P

    In 1977, I was the first, and only woman supervising my section at the company I worked for. One of my employees went over my head to ask my boss for a raise, who then came to me to explain that he was giving my employee a raise making approximately 20% more than me because he had a wife and child to support, whereas I had a husband to support me! Within that year, I was divorced with two children to raise on my own, but even after I requested a raise I never received a pay increase to balance the logic given to me earlier. I still see this inequity around me, just not so blatently spoken. The fact that I am not only a woman, but am now over 60, lowers my preceived value even more… dispite the fact that I know more and accomplish more than my younger, male counterparts. Perhaps change is on the way, but it’s taken long in coming, and our current economy can only delay it further. I’ve always had hope, but now it’s for my daughters.