Women Couples Earn Less Money Than Male Couples

Women Couples Earn Less Money Than Male Couples

Queer women face a larger pay gap than queer men, according to new data.

Even though same-gendered married couples on average have higher median household incomes, according to the Census Bureau. Women in same-gender partnerships make less money than men in same-gendered relationships. The Census Bureau shows that same-gendered married couples have higher median household incomes than opposite-gendered couples.

However, an analysis by The Hamilton Project revealed women in same-gendered couples make significantly less. According to the report, male couples make 31-percent more than female couples. This trend also carries through for unmarried men who are in same-gendered relationships.

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It is important to note the study did not factor workplace discrimination into its findings.

However, last September, the Williams Institute found nearly 30 percent of LGBTQ+ employees faced some sort of workplace discrimination. Meanwhile, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation recently found LGBTQ+ workers make 90-percent of what other workers make per week.

Discrimination on Two Fronts

Women in the same gendered partnerships are up against at least two known discrimination factors, being women and being part of the LGBTQ+ community. In general, women make 83-cents to every dollar a man earns in the U.S., according to the American Association of University Women.

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“Two women in a couple will experience two gender gaps, and that’s a big part of the difference,” M. V. Lee Badgett, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, told Axios.

Women Couples Earn Less Money Than Male Couples
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