Equal Work, Equal Pay: Narrowing the Gap
Tuesday, April 8 is Equal Pay Day, a symbolic day when women’s earnings finally catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year due to the gender pay gap. This is a day of awareness where individuals may take action to support equal pay between men and women, such as supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act or using social media to share facts about the wage disparities between men and women. For more information on how to support this cause, visit the American Association of University Women (AAUW) website, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equality and education for women.
Below are some facts AAUW highlights about gender pay inequalities:
- Among full-time, year-round workers, women are typically paid 77% of what men are paid.
- The pay gap is worse for women of color.
- When you account for all factors known to affect pay, women are still paid almost 7 percent less than men just one year after college — and the gap only grows from there.
- The pay gap hasn’t budged in a decade.
- Wyoming has the worst pay gap in the United States.