IWPR: Low Literacy Means Lower Earnings, Especially for Women

A new report released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) says that low literacy skills disproportionally hurt women’s chances of earning a sustaining wage.

Women at all levels of literacy tend to have lower wages than comparable men, but, according to IWPR, the gender wage gap is most noticeable between men and women of low literacy levels. Men with low literacy are nearly twice as likely as women at the same literacy level to have weekly earnings above $650 a week, and women with low literacy are twice as likely as men at the same level to be in the lowest earnings category of $300 a week or less.