Wage Gap Persists for Women in Federal Jobs

New report finds women are less likely than men to think they have the power to make and be consulted on decisions at work.

Man_vs._WomanWomen working in the federal government are no longer victims of overt discrimination but are still paid less than men in similar jobs and are less likely to become supervisors, a new report says.

“The vision of a workforce in which women are fully represented and utilized has not been wholly achieved,” concluded the report, released by the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.

The independent agency says a lot has changed for women in federal service since it last looked at the issue in 1992. That report, “A Question of Equity: Women and the Glass Ceiling in the Federal Government,” was a mirror onto many of the issues women faced 19 years ago. They now make up almost a third of the Senior Executive Service, the government’s elite cadre of managers, up from 11 percent in 1990. And they accounted for 44 percent of the government’s professional and administrative jobs in 2009, up from 12 percent and 20 percent, respectively, in 1976.

The median salary for women in professional and administrative jobs has climbed to 93 percent of that of men in 2009, up from 83 percent in 1991. But the persistent wage gap concerned the merit board.

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Source: Lisa Rein | The Washington Post