The wage gap is nothing new.
In fact, for decades, unequal wages among women and men — prevalent in 98.4% of the most common United States jobs, according to an examination of Census data by the Wall Street Journal released last week — have made headlines in the mainstream press.
But a closer look at jobs that are the most stereotypically female yields surprising results.
Women make 79% of what men make in child care...
80% of what men make as maids and housekeepers...
82% of what men make as preschool and kindergarten teachers...
87% of what men make as secretaries and administrative assistants...
And 86% of what men make as nursing, psychiatric and home health aides.
It's easy to assume women would out-earn men in "feminine fields" like child care and housekeeping — but the data proves the wage gap is deeper and more pervasive than you may realize.
And here's another dose of irony: The seven jobs (out of 446 U.S. jobs) in which women earn more than men all rely on either manual labor, science or mechanics:
• Crane and tower operators
• Transportation, storage and distribution managers
• Wood sawing machine setter and operators
• Meter readers, utilities
• Highway maintenance workers
• Dietitians and nutritionists
• Telecommunications line installers and repairers
Check out the Wall Street Journal's interactive graphic for more detail.