Study Finds Women Will Have Equal Pay by 2058 — And 'The Daily Show's' Reaction is Perfect

Source: Comedy Central

On Tuesday night's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart and contributor Kristen Schaal discussed a new study by the Institute for Women's Policy Research. The study claims that true pay equality in America — for women to be paid the same as men — isn't likely to come to fruition until 2058.

"Right around the time scientists predict the earth will be covered in water," Stewart said. "Hope your precious money floats, ladies."

It's not just about the de jure wage gap, either: Efforts like the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and 2009's Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act have made small strides there, though there is still work to be done. But the less discussed issue is the systemic gap, or what Schaal described as what makes it "easier for men to go into higher-paying jobs," with men also receiving greater support upon moving into those positions. Somehow, it's going to take 43 years to resolve that.

Source: Comedy Central

So what is gonna be accomplished in the time it takes to close the wage gap? Turns out, almost all of science fiction's greatest dreams are more quickly doable than achieving income equality. A flying car? In development for as early as 2017. Humans on Mars? By 2030. Even 3-D printing a human heart is supposed to be achievable by 2025.

As science continues to move quickly, women's right to equal pay moves at a snail's pace. At this rate, as Schaal points out, the answer to the equality gap might be better resolved by printing some rights on a 3-D printer.

Source: Mic/Comedy Central

While the gender pay gap and its myriad problems have been well-documented, putting it into this kind of temporal perspective is somewhat shocking. Flying cars and x-ray vision is cool, but you know what's even cooler? Equality. 

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Kevin O'Keeffe

Kevin is the arts editor at Mic, writing about inclusion and representation in pop culture. He is based in New York and can be reached at kevin@mic.com.

MORE FROM

President Donald Trump turns Boy Scout Jamboree into campaign rally

The president discussed health care, Hillary Clinton, Obama, big yachts and more to 40,000 Boy Scouts and volunteers

This child kept HIV in remission for 8 years without drugs. Here’s what that really means.

More than eight years after his initial treatment, the child is still in remission.

Driver charged with human trafficking after 30-40 people found locked in fatally hot tractor-trailer

The charge against James Matthew Bradley, the alleged driver of the vehicle, could carry a punishment as severe as the death penalty.

Charlie Gard’s parents end legal fight to continue treatment for terminally ill son

The parents have withdrawn their request for Charlie to receive treatment in the U.S.

10th person dies after 38 found locked in sweltering tractor-trailer outside Texas Walmart

8 were found dead at the scene; 2 more died after being rushed to the hospital in critical or serious condition.

Dozens killed in deadly car bomb attack in Kabul

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

President Donald Trump turns Boy Scout Jamboree into campaign rally

The president discussed health care, Hillary Clinton, Obama, big yachts and more to 40,000 Boy Scouts and volunteers

This child kept HIV in remission for 8 years without drugs. Here’s what that really means.

More than eight years after his initial treatment, the child is still in remission.

Driver charged with human trafficking after 30-40 people found locked in fatally hot tractor-trailer

The charge against James Matthew Bradley, the alleged driver of the vehicle, could carry a punishment as severe as the death penalty.

Charlie Gard’s parents end legal fight to continue treatment for terminally ill son

The parents have withdrawn their request for Charlie to receive treatment in the U.S.

10th person dies after 38 found locked in sweltering tractor-trailer outside Texas Walmart

8 were found dead at the scene; 2 more died after being rushed to the hospital in critical or serious condition.

Dozens killed in deadly car bomb attack in Kabul

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.