Equal Pay Day: What's Being Done to fix the Gender Pay Gap

Equal Pay Day: What's Being Done to fix the Gender Pay Gap

Equal Pay Day: What's Being Done to fix the Gender Pay Gap

Learn more about the gender wage gap, whom it hurts most, and possible solutions to it by listening to the latest episode of Today, Explained.

Today, April 10, marks Equal Pay Day - the date the average woman in America would need to work until in 2018 in order to earn what men were paid in 2017.

Human Resources Commissioner Soo Choi applauded the mayor for "taking the lead on addressing the gender wage gap issue" still holding women back, even as they enter the workforce in greater numbers. According to their website which also shows that women have to work twice as hard to make just what a man makes in one year.

Exactly how much less than men women are paid depends on where you are.

The gender wage gap is largest in Louisiana, followed by Utah, West Virginia, and Montana.

A December 2017 report by the Indiana Institute for Working Families found that for every dollar a Hoosier man made, women made just 74 cents. California law now prohibits employers from paying female employees less than men for equal work; protects employees' right to discuss wages with co-workers; prohibits retaliation against employees who seek to enforce the law; and prohibits employers from justifying a pay difference exclusively on the grounds of prior salary. Just 40 percent of women have received raises of 5 percent or less since 2013, which falls below the cost-of-living increase over the same five-year timeframe, according to SheKnows Media, which surveyed almost 1,500 working women in the U.S.

The day was founded by the NCPE in 1996 as a public awareness event to highlight the wage gap between men and women. "Sixty-one percent of Americans are less likely to buy a product from a company that doesn't pay women fairly, and nearly a third will not apply to a company with a gender pay discrepancy".

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Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Tuesday that he will sign equal pay legislation on April 24.

Despite having fewer than 250 staff, IntY has elected to publish its pay-gap data.

"Prohibiting city departments from asking job applicants about salary history during the hiring process eliminates the possibility of basing wages on a worker's previous pay and continuing the cycle of wage inequality", Choi was quoted as saying. That gap is more pronounced for black and hispanic women, who earn $0.63 and $0.54, respectively, on the dollar of their white male colleagues.

"These lost wages mean women and their families have less money to support themselves, save and invest for the future, and spend on goods and services".

Historically, women in the United States have been discouraged or passed over for traditionally "masculine" jobs such as management or executive leadership, while being explicitly recruited for service roles - such as nurses or teachers.

The idea is to bring legislative change to close the wage gap.

My team and I are working tirelessly to make sure this vicious cycle of underpaying and undervaluing women ends.

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