Nuptials widen the wage gap

Having children was noted as a major factor in the slowing of wage growth. (John McCann)

Having children was noted as a major factor in the slowing of wage growth. (John McCann)

Marriage is “a major turning point that shapes the individual’s trajectory in subsequent years,” according to Siwei Cheng from the University of Michigan’s department of sociology.

“The wage effect of marriage occurs through a cumulative process that unfolds slowly over life, which results in the gender wage gap widening every year.”

In a sample of more than 12 600 people in the United States, Cheng noted their hourly wage, marital status, years of marriage and work experience.

On average, the wages of both sexes increased over time, but men experienced faster growth.

Having children was noted as a major factor in the slowing of wage growth. Work-life conflict and employer discrimination also affected a married mother’s earnings growth, Cheng said.

In Stats SA’s gender statistics, released in 2011, the organisation found that “men are more likely to be in paid employment than women regardless of race … [and] women with tertiary education earn around 82% of what their male counterparts earn”.

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Sarah Wild

Sarah Wild

Sarah Wild is a multiaward-winning science journalist. She studied physics, electronics and English literature at Rhodes University in an effort to make herself unemployable. It didn't work and she now writes about particle physics, cosmology and everything in between.In 2012, she published her first full-length non-fiction book Searching African Skies: The Square Kilometre Array and South Africa's Quest to Hear the Songs of the Stars, and in 2013 she was named the best science journalist in Africa by Siemens in their 2013 Pan-African Profiles Awards. Read more from Sarah Wild

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