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The Gender Wage Gap and Domestic Violence March 10, 2011

Posted by Syd in Domestic Abuse.

The above is the title of a scholarly paper written by Anna Aizer of Brown, and it makes for interesting (albeit depressing) reading.

While I only have a short overview available for your review, full copies are available for a fee at various websites.

Luckily, we are able to pull some interesting (if not very surprising) results:  decreases in the wage gap decrease the violence against women.    There is an economic theory that when there is a larger wage gap, there is an increase in violence against women because the women have limited financial options outside of the abusive relationship.

Simply put, they stay in these abusive relationships because they cannot afford to support themselves on their own.    On a positive note, Aizer found that the violence against women decreased by 9% between the years 1990 and 2003 – and this was due to a reduction in the wage gap.

The gap still exists of course – but if we continue to fight for equal rights/pay in the workforce, we can continue to reduce it.  We need to level out the playing field more to allow our fellow women more options in their relationships.  No one should deal with abuse because they cannot afford to leave.



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