Median earnings for women have increased over the past four decades as a percent of male median earnings. In 1980, women in North Carolina earned just 70 cents for every $1 earned by a man. By 2010 that figure had increased to 85 cents for every $1.
Despite these gains in earnings for women, significant disparities in pay remain. National research by Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce found that when looking at lifetime earnings, women with a PhD make as much as men with the BA. In North Carolina a woman with a graduate or professional degree earns less than a man with a B.A. Men with some college but no degree earn about the same as women with a B.A.