Work Multiple Jobs? You're Probably a Woman
Women have seen a 205.5% surge in average weekly wages since Reagan's first year as president, but they still make 11.7% less per week than the national average of $747 (women make $669). The gap has closed, though, as women in 1981 made nearly 30% less than the national weekly wage average.
It's interesting to note that United States' average weekly wages and salaries rose about $42 during each president's -- Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- first term. Among those four presidents, women's weekly earnings grew the most during the 43rd president Bush's first term and increased the least under Clinton's first term.
Between Obama's first year and second year as president, weekly wages rose $12 for women, which was slightly below the $15.33 average incremental rise in the first terms of the previously mentioned presidents.
Women have outpaced men in full-time employment gains. Since 1981, the number of fully employed women grew 54%, while men had a 22% improvement.
Wives' earnings now account for 37.1% of family income in the United States. During Reagan's first year, wives' earnings made up 27.3% of family income.
The competition to win women voters will likely continue through November, but as to whether women are worse off or in a better position since Obama took office, well, we'll leave that up to you do decide.
-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.
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