bank by Paul and Kate Studio
It shocks me to read that college educated women earn only 68% of the salaries their equally qualified male peers earn. Women in the Arts fare slightly better; we earn 75% of our male counterparts. But you have to ask, why, when we set our own prices in the arts, are men out- earning women by 25%?
This study shows that women’s expectations are significantly lower than men’s. The study also found that women were more likely to emphasize a balance between a career and a personal life and contributing to society, while men were focused on advancing their careers and building a sound financial base, both factors that contribute to bigger salaries.
Does this explain why men are only 4% of the sellers on Etsy, where less than 1,000 sellers make $30,000/year, according to Inc Magazine? I think that female sellers on Etsy are overly impressed by the high minded mission statements and the lure of social groups via forums and teams. If we made it a priority to advance our business and build a sound financial base, we might make 100 times $785, which is what the average seller grosses in a year.
As a team of artisans, we are all advanced in our technical skills and creative visions. We all deserve to be earning at least $50,000/yr, which is the average income for an artist. If you are part time, that number should be $25,000. I would bet that many of us earn less.
Why is that? And honestly, would your husband, brother, boyfriend or father be satisfied with this?
editorial by Lee Wolfe