Coalition for Equal Pay

“Guess The Wage Gap” Game: Test Your Fair Pay “Cents”

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1. When the Equal Pay Act was signed in 1963, how many cents did women make for every dollar men earned?

45¢
59¢
62¢
65¢

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2. In 2001, of full time workers, males earned $672/week and females were paid:

$ 511
$ 602
$ 650
$ 475

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3. Over a 38 year career the average woman full time worker will have made how much less than the average man?

$ 100K
$ 200K
$ 300K
$ 500K

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4. European American women on the average earn more than African American men.

True/False

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5. Where do women receive a discount because of their earnings differential?

Avon
Safeway
Borders Books and Music
Any federally funded health clinic or Medicare provider

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6. Women with a masters degree earn more than men with a bachelors degree.

True/False

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7. For older women the wage gap increases by a factor of:

2x
4x
5x
6x

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8. Women in technology with Computer Science degrees are paid the same as men.

True/False

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1. In 1963, the median wage for women who worked full-time, year-round was 59 cents to the dollar for men. In 2001, women were paid 76 cents to the dollar. The wage gap has narrowed by less than half a penny per year!
(U.S. Census Bureau, 2001)

2. Women 25 and older who worked full-time year-round in 2001 made 76% of what men earned -- median weekly wages of $511 for women.
(U.S. Dept. of Labor, Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2001, May and August 2001)

3. Over the past 38 years, the real median wages of women have fallen short by a total of $497,319 -- nearly half a million dollars.
(Census Bureau, 2000 Current Population Reports, Updated September, 2001)

4. False! Compared to African American men:
European American women make 4% less
African American women make 15% less
Latina women make 31% less.
(U.S. Census Bureau CPS March 2002 table PINC-03)

5. Trick question! Nowhere!

6. False! Women with a masters degree are paid $48,343 while men with a bachelors degree earn $53,108.
(U.S. Census Bureau CPS March 2002 table PINC-03)

7. Pay disparity increases by a factor of 6: from $35/week for young women 20-24 to $211/week for women 45-54.
(“Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2001,” May 2002 U.S. Census Bureau CPS.)

8. False! Women with degrees in Computer Science make $38,881 compared to men at $47,697. This is only 82% even in a technical field. (National Center for Education Statistics, 2000.)