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Real Median Individual Income by Sex, 1947-2012

In 1947, real income for men was more than double that for women. That gap increased considerably by 1970 as men's wages rose faster than those for women. However, median wages for women continued to rise through the 1980s as men's wages stabilized or fell. Both sexes experienced increases in median wages in the 1990s, but both also experienced stagnating wages in the 2000s. With the 2007 recession, men's wages fell faster and further than women's, decreasing the gender gap in income even more.


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