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Gallup Poll: Equal Pay Is Top Issue for Working Women

By    |   Monday, 20 October 2014 03:07 PM

Women may have made progress in their battle for equal pay, but that's still the most important issue for working women, according to a new Gallup poll.

The survey included responses from 1,252 U.S. adults, including 233 working women.

When asked the open-ended question of what are the most important issues facing working women, equal pay/fair pay placed first in importance, with 39 percent saying it is the top issue, followed by equal opportunity for promotion at 20 percent, availability of jobs at 8 percent, sexual harassment also at 8 percent and access to childcare at 7 percent.

Among the female respondents, equal pay topped the list at 41 percent, while the total ranked first among the male respondents at 37 percent. Among the working women polled, equal pay was ranked first by 42 percent.

The numbers among men and women are close on the other four top concerns, except access to childcare. It was cited by 10 percent of women, but only 3 percent of men.

Breaking down the results by political ideology, equal pay was listed as the most important issue by 51 percent of liberals, 44 percent of moderates and 28 percent of conservatives.

"Although there are almost as many working women as working men in the U.S. today, and women are increasingly rising to positions of prominence in business, they still as a group lag behind men in pay and in the percentage of upper management positions they hold," Gallup noted.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported that Advanced Micro Devices' new CEO, Lisa Su, will receive an annual salary of $850,000, compared with the $1 million received by outgoing CEO Rory Read annually since he started at the firm in 2011.

"It might have been good policy to pay her what her predecessor made, but that's not the way the world thinks about it today," Martha Josephson, a recruiter with Egon Zehnder, told the news service.

"When women aren't afraid of saying, 'I want to make what the last guy made,' then it will start to change."

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