"Only where they are organized do women get equal pay for equal work."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
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In 2017 AAUW observed the following equal pay days. Stay tuned for the 2018 dates!
- March 7, 2017 - Asian American Women’s Equal Pay Day
- April 10, 2018 - Overall Women's Equal Pay Day
- May 23 - Mothers’ Equal Pay Day
- July 31, 2017 - Black Women’s Equal Pay Day
- September 25, 2017 - Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day
- November 2, 2017 - Latinas’ Equal Pay Day
AAUW’s Spring 2017 The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap is here, and the fall edition of the report has more truth in it than ever. How do we explain the 20-cent gender pay gap (a statistically insignificant change from last year), and what do race, location, and career choice have to do with it?
Great AAUW video: #TheNew10 Submission - The U.S. Treasury has called on Americans to submit their "ideas, symbols, designs, or any other feedback that can inform the secretary as he considers options for the $10 redesign." So we figured we'd help Secretary Lew reimagine the $10 bill by illustrating just how real the gender pay gap is.
Teens For Equal Pay Facebook Page
PowHer Plays: 2015 NYS Equal Pay Legislation - this video series spotlighting one of a dozen women's equality laws that passed during the 2015 NYS legislative season, featuring Dina Bakst from A Better Balance and Beverly Neufeld from Powher NY.
Equal Pay Day Action Kit, a Guide to taking action on Equal Pay Day - Whether you want to run your own Equal Pay Day event or just show your support and spread the word, this guide will connect you with the ideas and resources you need to make it happen.
AAUW Research Reveals New Dimensions to the Gender Pay Gap in Advance of Equal Pay Day
Teaching College Women Salary Negotiation - $tart $mart workshops prepares college women who are approaching the job market with the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits.
Updated January 20, 2018
- NJ: Phil Murphy signs executive order on equal pay for women - Phil Murphy's first official action as New Jersey governor was to sign an executive order Tuesday to support equal pay for women by barring managers in state government from asking job applicants about their previous salary.
- Citigroup Discloses Gender and Racial Pay Gaps, Plans Raises - The move follows a shareholder proposal filed by Boston-based Arjuna Capital and is the first of its kind by a big U.S. bank. As well as the U.S., Citigroup also studied pay in the U.K. -- where such reporting is now mandatory -- and Germany. Citigroup will increase the pay of women and U.S. minorities as well as others where raises are warranted to close the gap, the bank said in a statement. It also promised to do similar analyses in other countries where any of its more than 200,000 employees work.
- Iceland becomes first country to legalise equal pay - A new law making it illegal to pay men more than women has taken effect in Iceland. Under the new rules, companies and government agencies employing at least 25 people will have to obtain government certification of their equal-pay policies.
- Five Workplace Issues We’ll Be Talking About In 2018 - In a year filled with hot-button issues, we look forward to seeing where 2018 will take our workplace conversations. Here is a look at some of the more significant trends that will continue to dominate the conversation around work in 2018.
- Unequal Pay
- Workplace Harassment
- Generation Inclusion - This year marked the first for generation Z’s college graduates to enter the workforce full-time, creating a varied quilt of employees in the fabric of the U.S. workforce.
- Flexible, Remote, and Freelance Work
- Robots and AI
- Analysis Reveals Gender and Racial Pay Gaps for 25 Major U.S. Cities - The American Association of University Women (AAUW) released an analysis of the gender pay gap in 25 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. The analysis also breaks down the pay gap for women of different races and ethnicities in each city. AAUW’s report reveals a substantial gender pay gap in all 25 cities examined, with even larger gaps for black and Hispanic women.
- How sexual harassment might make the gender pay gap even worse - We also don’t know how many cases of sexual harassment are going unreported by companies that have policies to keep such reports under wraps. But if the perspectives of Hersch and Gould tell us that the toll sexual harassment takes on women in the workplace is a complicated one, there’s a lot more research to be done on how harassment affects our economy, our career paths, and ourselves.
- EU proposes two-year plan to close gender pay gap - The European Commission proposed a two-year plan for closing the gender pay gap after finding little improvement in the past five years. The plan sets out eight recommendations for EU countries to ensure women are treated equally in the workplace. The proposal includes setting minimum sanctions for companies that do not provide equal pay and monitoring the diversity policies of Europe’s largest companies.
- It's getting even harder to be a woman - The World Economic Forum says in a new report that "equality is in retreat" for the first time since the group starting tracking the issue in 2006. The organization described 2017 as "a bad year in a good decade," noting that the global gender gap will take exactly 100 years to close at the current rate of progress. Last year, the forecast was for 83 years. The timeline is even worse when the researchers looked at just economic inequality. That gap will take 217 years to close if the current slow rate of progress continues. According to the report, no country has achieved gender parity when it comes to economic opportunities and work. That means women the world over are paid less and have fewer opportunities at work than their male counterparts.
- New York Pay-Disclosure Order Faces Pushback From Business - Business groups are pushing back on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order requiring state contractors to regularly disclose worker-pay data broken down by race and gender. The Cuomo administration said the order, issued earlier this year with the objective of preventing discrimination, is moving forward, but it is having discussions with business groups concerned about the plan.
- Have You Been Asked This Discriminatory Question in a Job Interview? It Might Be Illegal Now in Your City - The question unfairly perpetuates the gender and racial wage gap. New York City made the practice illegal this year, and it went into effect October 31. Employers who defy the city ban are subject to a fine of up to $250,000. The new law is a follow-up to one in Massachusetts last year outlawing the question from being asked at interviews, and similar policies have been passed in Delaware and Oregon later in 2016. California, which passed a similar law in October, is the largest state to enact such legislation so far.
- Gender Pay Gap in Physics - In physics, male faculty members earn about 6 percent more than do female faculty members, according to a study by Physics Today. The gap is significantly larger in raw numbers, but the 6 percent figure is after researchers controlled for age, postdoctoral experience and sector of employment.
- A Study Used Sensors to Show That Men and Women Are Treated Differently at Work - Our analysis suggests that the difference in promotion rates between men and women in this company was due not to their behavior but to how they were treated. This indicates that arguments about changing women’s behavior — to “lean-in,” for example — might miss the bigger picture: Gender inequality is due to bias, not differences in behavior.
Bias, as we define it, occurs when two groups of people act identically but are treated differently.
- New York women paid less than men: report - A report Monday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found the median weekly income for women working full-time jobs was $840 last year in New York, compared with $975 for men. New York women were paid 86 percent of what men made in 2016, new federal data shows. There’s more work to be done to heighten awareness of the gender pay gap across the community, said Cynthia Herriott, Board Vice President of Public Policy for AAUW-NYS. “If you tie (the pay gap) to our area being a major area of poverty for children, and we know how often women are the caregivers for them — to me, I can’t draw a straighter line than that,” she said
- White men rule the business world. They still feel left out at work. - More than a third of Americans in a new national survey said they think the heightened focus on diversity at work has overlooked white men, according to the consultancy firm Ernst & Young. Thirty-two percent of male respondents, meanwhile, reported feeling "personally excluded" in the office.
- Norway’s historic pay deal for women’s team shows it can be done - The Norwegian FA’s decision to offer male and female international players equal pay comes at a time when women’s teams are still battling for fairness. Last week the Norwegian football association announced that their women’s national team will now be paid the same as their men’s side. They are the first national FA to have devised an equal pay deal, just a few months after Lewes vowed to do the same for their semi-professional players at The Dripping Pan. This latest deal is especially significant, coming at a time when women’s national teams are standing up and demanding more from the shirt they pull on, and the countries they represent on the international stage.
- California bosses can no longer ask you about your previous salary - A landmark new law designed to narrow the gender pay gap in the nation’s most populous state bars California employers from inquiring about applicants’ previous salaries and benefits. The salary privacy bill, was enacted by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, Oct. 12, at a celebratory signing ceremony at Women’s Empowerment, a nonprofit for homeless women. The measure is part of a package of bills “paving the way for a better, more inclusive, healthier California,” Brown said, surrounded by members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus.
- The firm that brought us ‘Fearless Girl’ was underpaying women, U.S. government says - The financial services firms that introduced the world to “Fearless Girl” will pay $5 million to settle federal allegations that female executives were paid less than men in the same positions. The agreement follows an audit by the Department of Labor in which investigators say that State Street Corporation has discriminated against more than 300 female and 15 black senior-level employees since Dec. 1, 2010, paying them less in base salary and bonus pay per year than white male colleagues, even “when legitimate factors affecting pay were taken into account.” These individuals will receive back pay with interest from the settlement fund.
- Inspired or Frustrated, Women Go to Work for Themselves - An increasing number of women are starting businesses as a way to take control of their careers. In part female entrepreneurship is on the rise because gender equality efforts in the workplace to address issues like the salary gap and advancement to positions on corporate boards have stalled. “Women’s advancement in workplaces has flatlined,” said Ellen Galinsky, the president and a founder of the Families and Work Institute. “In the 2016 National Study of Employers, there are fewer U.S. companies providing paid family leave, and when you look at flexibility over all, there is less part-time work than in previous reports.”
- Trump’s White House froze an equal-pay rule. Women are fighting to save it. - A coalition of more than 90 civil rights groups is preparing to challenge the Trump administration’s decision to halt an Obama-era initiative aimed at fighting employer discrimination against women and minorities. The rule compelling companies to submit additional information about employees and wages to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was finalized in September 2016 and would have taken effect next year.
- Black, Asian Employees at Top Accounting Firm Paid 13 Percent Less Than Other Workers - Minority workers were statistically paid less because more of them worked in administrative positions, the company said. Recent data from multi-national accounting firm PwC revealed that its Black, Asian and minority ethnic workers in the United Kingdom are paid less, 13 percent less to be exact, than other employees at the multi-national company. The BAME report was released Monday, Sept. 19, alongside gender pay gap figures, which the firm has voluntarily published since 2014 in an effort to “shine a light on gender issues.”
- Report: Women won't make equal wages until 2119 - BUFFALO, N.Y. - A new report using U.S. Census data suggests women will not bridge the gender wage gap for 102 years. Leaders from local women's organizations including the Buffalo chapter of the American Association of University Women, the Western New York Women's Foundation and the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women gathered Thursday morning at BAK Industries to present their findings. Equal pay advocates say the disparity grows when it comes to women of color, and directly impacts families and the economy. "Empowering women is one of the smartest investments we can make," said Sheri Scavone, the Executive Director of the Western New York Women's Foundation. "Financial independence gives women choices. It enables women to spend more on their families, drive growth in the economy and inspire their communities."
- You Should Be Ticked Off By the Wage Gap for Some Women of Color - Black women are paid just 63 cents and Native women just 57 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. While Asian women fare somewhat better, making 87 cents for every dollar made by white, non-Hispanic men, many subgroups of Asian women experience wider wage gaps. As for Latinas like me, like my mother, we’re paid just 54 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Although millions of women of color work tirelessly to support their families, they’ll lose hundreds of thousands of dollars, or in some cases, more than a million dollars, to the sexist and racist gender wage gap over the course of their careers. In order to catch up to what white, non-Hispanic men have typically made by age 60, Black, Native, and Latina women would have to work decades longer – into their 80s or even 90s.
- This Is the State Where the Gender Pay Gap is Smallest - Women's gender pay gap ranges across the U.S. from as wide as 70 cents for every dollar a man makes to as narrow as 89 cents. Find out where your state ranks. The American Association of University Women found that at the state level, gender pay gaps range from as wide as 70 cents for every dollar a man makes to as narrow as 89 cents. The gender pay gap is narrowest in New York where Women’s annual earnings are 89 percent of those of men. However, that is for white women, at the top of the income ladder. The pay equity rates for Women of Color are as poor in NY as anywhere else.
- The Wage Gap Between Black and White Workers Is Even Worse Today Than It Was After the Civil Rights Movement - The median American income is up, but black Americans still aren’t getting their fair share. Despite a supposedly more enlightened and inclusive society than we saw in the 1970s, the economic situation in black households has worsened: In 1979, the average black man in America earned about 80% of the average white man ($15 versus $19 per hour). By 2016, this gap had grown such that the average black male worker earned just 70% of the hourly wage of the average white male worker. For women, the figures are equally troubling: In 1979, the average black woman earned about 95% of the average white woman. But nearly continuous divergence in earnings since that time has opened a more sizable gap; in 2016, the average black woman earned about 82% of what the average white woman earned.
- Google sued by female ex-employees over pay discrimination - Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, and Kelli Wisuri all left Google after they were put on career trajectories that they suggest would have resulted in lower salaries than their male counterparts. The suit alleges that Google segregates women into lower paying jobs that curb progression, while men with equivalent qualifications face no such hurdles. For its part, Google says it is currently reviewing the suit, but disagrees with its "central allegations."
- Gender Pay Gap Remains at 20 Cents - An American Association of University Women (AAUW) analysis of newly released U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that women working full time on average still make 80 cents compared to every dollar men make. At the current rate of progress in closing the gap, women will not receive pay equity until the year 2119. Prior AAUW analysis found that even when accounting for education, occupation, hours worked, and other factors, women still earned seven percent less than men. Gender discrimination is a significant cause of the pay gap.
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Gender Pay Gap - Simply put, the gender pay gap is the gap between what women are paid and what men are paid.
- American Working Women Finally Earn 80 Cents on a Man's Dollar - American women earned more than 80 percent as much as their male counterparts for the first time last year. The median female worker with a full-time, year-round job made 80.5 cents for every man-earned dollar in 2016, Census Bureau data showed Tuesday. That’s up from 79.6 cents in 2015 -- marking the first time the share posted a statistically significant annual increase since 2007. Part of the gain for women has come as men lose ground. While the median female earned 2.3 percent more in 2016 than in 2007, men saw a 1.1 percent decline over that same period, in inflation-adjusted terms.
- Myths vs. Reality: Why Pay Data and the EEO-1 Form Matter - The EEO-1 form has played a critical, vital role throughout the EEOC’s history in helping to combat employment discrimination. Data on the racial, gender, and ethnic makeup of an employer’s workforce has been used effectively for decades as an investigatory tool to help shed light on workforce composition, workforce trends, and employer hiring practices. The data collected are not intended to be definitive proof of discrimination—rather, they provide clues on where to look to help pinpoint workforce disparities that women and people of color experience. The Trump administration has put forward no compelling explanation as to why pay data collected through the revised EEO-1 could not be used in a similar fashion. The addition of pay data could provide new insights and a fuller picture about pay differences and trends.
- For women, salary negotiation workshops pay off - Of 52 workshop attendees interviewed as part of a new study by the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at University of Massachusetts Boston, nearly half either negotiated a pay raise at their current job or a starting salary at a new job that bumped them up to or above the market rate. The results of the study — thought to be the first of its kind to examine women’s experiences as they learn to confront pay discrimination — surprised Ann Bookman, the UMass Boston researcher who conducted it. It wasn’t just the number of women who got higher salaries. The majority of those in the study group said they had increased confidence after attending a workshop, and nearly all of them talked to someone outside their workplace about the gender wage gap. Learning how pervasive the wage gap is, and realizing that it’s a systemic problem, is a valuable lesson, Bookman said. It’s important for women to know, “This is not about me; this is not a personal commentary on my value in the workplace,” she said.
- At Google, Employee-Led Effort Finds Men Are Paid More Than Women - Female employees are paid less than male staff members at most job levels within Google, and the pay disparity extends as women climb the corporate ladder, according to data compiled by employees that provide a snapshot of salary information at the internet giant.
- A new study found that gay and bi men make less than straight men - A new study found that gay and bisexual men in Germany earn an average of €2.64 less per hour than straight men, even after wage differences were controlled for age, education, and industry. Lesbian and bisexual women earned about €2 more per hour than straight women. Their wages were comparable to gay and bi men’s. The study by the German Institute for Economic Research compared survey responses from 460 lesbians and gay men with results from 39,000 straight people.
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