Equal Pay Day emphasizes inequity in gender pay

Equal Pay Day emphasizes inequity in gender pay

Equal Pay Day is here raising awareness on the pay gap between men and women throughout the United States and around the world. For women of color, the pay gap is even wider. "When we first started talking about this, the average full time working woman was earning 59 cents on average", she observed.

"We employers have to be part of the solution and part of my efforts are to have conversations with other employers through out the State of MS and help us understand the impact women make in the state of MS", said Jones.

This year, things are worse: Black Women's Equal Pay Day will be recognized on August 7.

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These days, married couples are increasingly similar in terms of education and earnings potential, resulting in a comparatively smaller spousal wage gap than in decades past.

Sisters selling the Equal Pay Day narrative argue that women make 83 cents for every dollar a man makes in the USA economy, thus implying that American employers are guilty of widespread discrimination.

Even though there is progress being made - thanks in part to the Equal Pay Act passed in 1963 - we still have a long way to go. The new statistics come as advocates and lawmakers recognize Equal Pay Day, established in the 1990s to illustrate the yawning gender wage gap.

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When calculated using average salaries rather than median, the pay gap expands to just over $26,051, or about 31 percent.

Tuesday, April 10 is known as "Equal Pay Day".

The facts are incontrovertible: Women earned 80.5 cents for every $1 earned by men in 2016, according to the most recent Census data.

Local businesses are also observing Equal Pay Day, and one Buffalo cafe can tout that it's one of just five in the country to represent the occasion.

At the state level, NY women face the narrowest pay gap, making 89 cents for every $1 paid to men.

For example, women once dominated the computer programming sector, but when it shifted to be predominantly men, wages increased. "It's about valuing women's work and investing in women's abilities". If there is a discrepancy, you can implement the Rooney Rule: For every manager position you have open to fill, consider at least one woman and one underrepresented minority in your pool of candidates. Many women, she noted, offer primary care for children, for parents or other family members.

Equal Pay Day exists precisely because the actual concept of equal pay doesn't.