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Equal Work, Equal Pay: Narrowing the Gap

By Benita on April 07, 2014//Leave a comment

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.

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. An Observer of the Time

    Tuesday, April 8th

    Unlike many of your readers here, I lived through this moment of the beginnings of the Equal Work Equal Pay movement as a young man. Yet who would dare publish this:

    The Equal Work Equal Pay movement began in the mid-1960s with ordinary working women, career women and working wives and mothers. It was the truest origin of “feminism,” and gained much creditability and sympathy even from men. It was gaining ground until a forceful takeover by a mere few literally nasty, hard-hitting radical self-named feminists seeking a supposed wider reach of such purported, yet unrealistically demanded “women’s rights.” Then the true movement fizzled.

    An overview of the true history of the feminist movement from that time would reveal that those violent and radical intrusions into the overall Women’s Rights movement really were intentional. Forget “women’s rights,” it was “all about the money,” and less a genuine effort to establish those rights. It was more the result of the usual intrigues of an anti-labor, wealth-oriented, “upper management” strategy, which had sneakily sent into the midst of the calm and reasonable, original movement “feminist” leaders those peculiarly pushy, sexist-oriented, radical women, solely for promoting an adulterated agenda specifically designed from the start to frustrate and then destroy that Equal Work Equal Pay movement.

    It was all to the ultimate financial benefit of Management and their lust for profit, saving money by maintaining in a backhanded way their Un-equal Pay for Equal Work mentality, and in the controlled news media, feminism took upon itself a less admirable name and reputation, as it has today.

    And that is exactly what happened, and women have struggled uphill ever since. But who would dare publish this? Or want to read this, or see it here, or anywhere?

    • Gina

      Thank you for your unique historical perspective on this topic.

  2. KS

    Pay discrimination is already illegal under the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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