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Why some women may take an extra financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic

Yet for some of those female workers most at risk during this pandemic, the wage gap is larger than 98 cents to a dollar. Female elementary school teachers make 92 cents to men’s $1 and women doctors make 94 cents. Female registered nurses make 98 cents.

“We are seeing the critical role of the women working in these occupations in this moment of crisis,” Martin said.

“It really should be a call to action to ensure that they are paid decently and fairly and equitably.”

Despite the disparity in pay, the wage gap has been slowly narrowing.

Last year women earned 79 cents to every man’s dollar, compared to 81 cents for 2020, according to PayScale. In 2018 it was 78 cents.

Payscale’s Sampath hopes that the current situation doesn’t set women back.

“If we don’t take a proactive stance as to how women are going to fare differently than men, we may reverse this trend,” Sampath said.

“We could be back to where we started.”