New Survey Indicates Women Earn Less Because They Answer Surveys All The Time Instead Of Working

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Women who work full time in Maine earn about 22 percent less than men who work full time, according to the latest data on the state’s work force. Men tend to earn a lot more than women in such occupations as manufacturing and sales, and a little more in health care support and administrative support, according to the data. The wage gap is only about half as big now as it was in the 1970s, the result of women gradually catching up to men’s salaries and hourly wages, economists say. But it hasn’t gone away. “It’s certainly been moving in the right direction, but it’s been moving very slowly,” said Laurie Lachance, a former Maine state economist who is now president of Thomas College. The lingering income gap is no surprise to many working women. It may be news to a lot of men, however. A poll conducted for The Portland Press Herald in late June found that 66 percent of women said they believe women are paid less than men for the same work. Most men, on the other hand — 53 percent — said they either did not believe women are paid less or weren’t sure. (read more at KennebecJournal)