4 things to know about Equal Pay Day

Posted April 05, 2017

Today, Tuesday April 4, is Equal Pay Day in the US, a day to raise awareness of the gender pay gap.

One factor behind the wage gap is the tendency of women to avoid applying for typically male-dominated, higher-paying jobs, said Julie Anderson, senior research associate at the Institute for Women's Policy Research. "Today, on Equal Pay Day, we are reminded that women deserve equal pay for equal work". In various fields, women have negotiated for equal pay.

Women on average are paid 20 percent less than men in the United States, according to census data compiled by LeanIn.Org and the National Partnership for Women & Families. The smallest is in NY where they say that some women earn 11 cents less than men. "In turn for that, I'm willing to have a lower salary, but without that, I can't be in the work force". They also don't take into account differences in industry, years of experience, education, and specialty.

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But that gap is wider in Ohio. Part of the reason is they faced bigger gaps when they started their careers, which can hurt long-term earnings potential.

Congressman Bobby Scott of Newport News tweeted praise for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of CT for her efforts to close the pay gap.

"This analysis shows just how damaging that lost income can be for women and their families, as well as the economy and the businesses that depend on women's purchasing power", said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership. "But when you love yourself and you take care of yourself, you know how to do that to others, and you sure as hell aren't tearing anybody down.that's a small act that's a giant act in your own life". Today marks the day that she will have earned the same amount that he did by the end of previous year. Harvard economist Claudia Goldin writes, "The gender gap in pay would be considerably reduced and might even vanish if firms did not have an incentive to disproportionately reward individuals who worked long hours and who worked particular hours". On average, women in CT earn only 82 cents for every dollar a man in the same job makes, with the gap being worse for women of color. The idea that men and women should receive equal pay for equal work is probably among the least controversial feminist positions because, in 2017, being a woman in the workplace is hardly unusual and they should be receive equal pay for equal work. Florida is the only state in the South with a gender wage gap narrower than the national average.

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Mothers with full-time, year-round jobs are paid 70 cents for every dollar paid to fathers.

"Unfortunately, progress in closing the wage gap has been painfully slow". In 2014, women earned 78.6 cents for every dollar a man made. To get people to take on unsafe and physically grueling jobs, businesses have to sweeten the pot with higher pay. In fact, it will reportedly take 169 years for the world to completely close the economic gender gap.

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