US pay battle looms as gender gap widens

The gender pay gap widened in the US between 1995 and 2000, a study reveals.

The General Accounting Office report shows that in seven of the 10 sectors
that women workers are concentrated in, the gender pay gap deepens between male
and female managers.

For example, a full-time female communications manager earned 86 cents for
every dollar a man made in the industry in 1995. This had fallen to 73 cents by

The figures are based on the US Department of Labor’s quarterly population
survey. Sectors studied include public administration, hospitals and medical
services, and retail.

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