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By Sydney Brown

CCC Journalism Program

GLOUCESTER TWP. – The wage gap between men and women remains a concern in the United States but, if the experiences of two local managers are any indication, the gap may not exist everywhere.

The average working-class woman makes 82 cents to the dollar of what a man makes, according to 2020 U.S. Census data. However, one male manager and one female manager at a McDonald’s in Sicklerville, N.J., say they are paid the same.

Outside the McDonald’s on Cross Keys
Road in Sicklerville. Photo by Sydney
Brown, CCC Journalism Program

“As we get promoted here, our pay goes up. It does not matter if we are male or female,” said Jacob Giordano, who has worked at the restaurant for three years. “Fast food is an industry where we all make the same starting out, no matter what.”

Said Tanae Gittens, another manager at the McDonald’s, “I agree with Jacob. We make the same since we received our promotions at the same time.”

Gittens added although she wished they got paid more, she was happy no gender pay gap issues existed there.

A 2019 article posted on forbes.com suggests women should ask for the pay they desire and indicates the fight for equal pay across the nation is nowhere near done.

Recent national coverage of the gender wage gap:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2019/04/04/closing-the-gender-pay-gap-what-women-employers-and-government-can-do/#6c35e1e6c735

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/18/new-census-data-reveals-no-progress-has-been-made-closing-the-gender-pay-gap.html

Inside the McDonald’s on Cross Keys Road in Sicklerville.
Photo by Sydney Brown, CCC Journalism Program

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