June 10, 2004 – A new study shows that census statistics on the supposedly narrowed wage gap between men and women substantially overstate the amount of money women make over time, thus grossly skewing the gender wage gap. The study was conducted by Stephen J. Rose and Heidi Hartmann of economic and policy research groups ORC Macro and the Institute for Womenâ€™s Policy Research. Census statistics currently report that the average woman earns 77 percent of the average manâ€™s income, but these figures only examine hourly wages. According to the study, over the course of their work lives women earn 38 cents for every dollar earned by men. The researchers found that the average woman earned $273,592 over 15 years, compared with $722,693 for men. The difference is partially explained by women working part time or dropping out of the workforce to raise children, as men continue to work as the primary wage earners. Workplace discrimination based on gender also continues to have a tremendous affect on wages, the study's authors found, as do womenâ€™s fewer opportunities for professional mobility.