It’s not news that women are operating at a financial disadvantage, even in 2013. What may be news (it was to me) is by exactly how much. Take a look:
Over eight hundred thousand dollars. Fuuuuucccckkkkkkk.
Of course, some of this figure ($849,000) is conjecture because it’s based on aggregate data of the whole population. But still. Let’s say the penalty for being female is only half that, around $400,000. That’s still a lot of fucking money that slips through our fingers over the course of our lifetimes.
The tips provided at the end of the graphic for leveling the playing field are a good start, but I tend to be of the opinion that we need some significant public policy interventions to be sure that women have a fighting chance of keeping pace with men, financially speaking. The Affordable Care Act has made it illegal for health insurance companies to charge women more for their coverage due to their gender, which is a start. But given the persistent (and expensive) gender inequities that our society continues to tolerate, I think something more radical is in order.