NEA: Female Artists Make Less than Male Artists

money1.jpgAccording to the National Endowment for the Arts, female artists earn less than male artists—surprise! According to the recently released study, “Women Artists: 1990-2005,” an increasing number of women are taking on more traditionally male artist occupations, but still earn less than male artists. This study further examined female artist employment trends that were featured in the May 2008 report, “Artists in the Workforce: 1990-2005.”

According to the study, women artists who work full-year, full-time earn 75 cents for every dollar made by men artists. On the whole, women workers earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Other findings: Women make up just less than half of all artists nationwide (46 percent), yet are underrepresented in many artist professions; women have achieved a greater presence in some artist occupations, such as photography; women artists are as likely to be married as female workers in general, but less likely to have children; and female artists cluster in low-population states.

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One thought on “NEA: Female Artists Make Less than Male Artists

  1. Natasha

    I don’t think that women artists are all that different from other women when it comes to reproduction and I’m very curious as to why women artists would be less likely to have children than non-artists. I can’t come up with any logical explanation…