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Social Presence Of Interest Throughout the 20th century, there has been a definite difference between men and women and their median income. Studies indicate that women's median earnings are substantially less than men's earnings. However, this "earnings gap" has begun to close recently, bringing the percentage of women's earnings closer to that of the median earnings of men. According to the Census Bureau, the gap remained relatively steady from 1960 to 1980. From 1980 to 2000 the median of women's earnings as a proportion of the median of men's earnings increased by nearly fourteen per cent. This report will be exploring what exactly caused the earnings gap to narrow after twenty five plus years of stagnation by analyzing certain factors such as education, employment, family make-up, and other elements that might have an affect on the earnings of men and women. A Brief History Of The Phenomena Since the Equal Pay Act was signed in 1963, the earnings gap has been narrowing at a very slow speed. In 1960, girls who worked full-time, year round earned $16,144 while men got $26,608. Therefore, women only made 60 cents on average for every dollar earned by men. This average persisted for the next twenty years with almost no change in percentage of men's income earned by girls. In reality, the gap actually increased into a all-time low (within the time period of 1960 -- 2000) in 1973 when women earned an average of just 56 cents for every dollar earned by...