The Wage Gap Starts Earlier Than You Think
WAGE GAP STARTS EARLIER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK: BOYS GET $13.80 IN WEEKLY ALLOWANCE WHILE GIRLS GET LESS THAN HALF THAT
(CNN) – It turns out gender wage gaps starts earlier than you might think.
In the workplace, the average woman earns 80 cents for every dollar a man makes, with women of color making even less.
But that gap could start as early as grade school, according to 2018 data from Busykid, a chores and allowance app.
The average boy earned $13.80 cents as a weekly allowance.
But girls earned a mere $6.71, less than half of what parents gave boys.
Busykid’s CEO said parents may not be intentionally paying their kids differently based on gender, but regardless of intention, it’s happening.
He says the gap may be because parents are giving boys physically harder jobs that can take longer, such as mowing the lawn or washing the car.
Meanwhile, girls are getting chores like cleaning, babysitting or other domestic work.