Social Justice / Gender Equity in Pay


Gender Equity in Pay


Gender equity in pay refers to the balance of median income earnings between men and women, and is measured using the ratio of female to male income. This particular indicator looks at the median earnings of full-time working females and males. The ratio for Forsyth County in 2014 was 0.90, meaning that for every dollar made by a typical male worker, a typical female worker is earning about 90 cents.

While researchers argue that reported earnings for women have increased, women are still earning noticeably less than men.1 Over time, the potential impact of reduced earnings between men and women can have a lasting impact on access to goods and services, and individual well-being.2 Exploring additional contributing factors related to pay gaps between men and women may support organizations and communities when making policy decisions and advancing inclusionary practices.

In Forsyth County the median income earning for males and females in 2016 was: $41,997 for males and $38,185 for females.

Key Point: Significant Gain by Females in Gender Wage Gap in 2016

  • The disparity between median earnings of female workers and male workers is decreasing.
Notes on Data

This report has been produced to support grant writing efforts. As such, the validity and reliability of the data in this report has not been rigorously statistically tested. Forsyth Futures does not support the use of this data for specific programmatic planning. If you are interested in using data from this report for more rigorous purposes, please contact for a consultation on how best to proceed.

Literature References
  1. Acker, J. (2006). Inequality regimes: gender, class, and race in organizations. Gender & Society, 20, 441–464.
  2. Blau, F., & Kahn, L. (2007). The gender pay gap: Have women gone as far as they can? Academy of Management Perspectives, 21(1), 7-23. Retrieved from
Data Sources

U.S. Department of Commerce. (2017). Earnings in the Past 12 Months: Table S2001 [Data files from ACS 1-year estimates for the year 2016]. Retrieved from