"Only where they are organized do women get equal pay for equal work."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
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This year AAUW has observed or will observe the following additional equal pay days:
- March 7, 2017 - Asian American Women’s Equal Pay Day
- April 4 - 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.
2017 Equal Pay Days
- Women overall v. men overall - April 4th
Updated June 12, 2017
- Black Women in America Really Do Work Harder for Less, New Report Shows - It’s a familiar adage that black Americans have to work twice as hard to get half as far as their white counterparts—and that black women, oppressed by the intersecting forces of sexism and racism, have to struggle even more. Now, a sweeping new report from the nonprofit Institute for Women’s Policy Research, funded by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, provides the data to back this up.
- A new online platform is trying to create a better working world for women - With many women now the breadwinners in 40 percent of households, compared with just 11 percent in 1960, the gender gap is no longer a women's issue but a family issue.
- Business groups try to quash federal equal pay project - Business groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are pressuring the Trump administration to kill an Obama-era initiative designed to reduce wage disparities by requiring big employers to report pay data based on race, gender and ethnicity.
- http://www.glamour.com/story/women-professors-salaries-have-gone-up-more-than-mensbut-the-wage-gap-is-still-widening - The salaries of women in academia are going up. But here's the bad news: They're not increasing nearly enough to catch up with men's. Not only do women at the highest levels earn less money than men (and in some cases, it's even less than what men in junior positions make), but women, on the whole, hold lower-ranking positions at universities across the country.
- With deal reached, U.S. women's national hockey team will play at world championships - The U.S. women's national hockey team and USA Hockey agreed to a landmark new contract on Tuesday to avert the players' boycott of the IIHF World Championships that begin Friday and significantly address the women's protests about compensation and the federation's inequitable treatment of its girls' and women's programs.
- Due to discrimination by USA Hockey, women’s team boycotts world championship - The members of the U.S. women’s national hockey team dropped a bombshell on Wednesday when they announced they will boycott the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship unless “significant progress has been made on the year-long negotiations with USA Hockey over fair wages and equitable support.”
- Women’s Low Salary Expectations Are Reportedly Contributing to the Gender Pay Gap - A new study was released that says women’s pessimistic feelings about the gender pay gap actually might be contributing to its refusal to close.
- Increasing Minimum Wage Would Reduce Teen Pregnancies - A $1 increase in the minimum wage would likely reduce the U.S. adolescent birth rate by about 2 percent, according to new Indiana University research. That would mean about 5,000 fewer births annually, and the number could go higher if the minimum wage increase climbed over $1.
- An Economy without Women? 5 Facts to Know - Just how much do women contribute to the economy? Nearly 75 million women over the age of 18 work in the United States. Taken together, working adult women earn $2.8 trillion in a single year, not counting the value of their unpaid work at home.
- A Day in the U.S. Economy Without Women - How exactly would a day without women affect the economy? According to the Center for American Progress’ calculations based on the labor share of the gross domestic product, or GDP, and women’s relative pay and hours of work, women’s labor contributes $7.6 trillion to the nation’s GDP each year. If all paid working women in the United States took a day off, it would cost the country almost $21 billion in terms of GDP. Check out the state-by-state analysis to see how your's would be impacted here. In New York, the number is $1717.3 million.
- In world first, Iceland to require firms to prove equal pay - Iceland will be the first country in the world to make employers prove they offer equal pay regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality, the Nordic nation's government said Wednesday — International Women's Day.
- The best and worst places to be a working woman - The Economist’s glass-ceiling index measures gender equality in the labour market. Each country’s score is a weighted average of its performance on ten indicators. The US ranks 20th.
- Tampa mayor announces paid family leave for full-time employees - The new parental leave policy provides primary caregivers with eight weeks of paid leave and secondary caregivers with two weeks of paid leave after the birth of a new child or placement of a child for adoption or foster care.
- How to Close a Gender Gap: Let Employees Control Their Schedules - Flexibility regarding the time and place that work gets done would go a long way toward closing the gaps, economists say. Yet when people ask for it, especially parents, they can be penalized in pay and promotions. Social scientists call it the flexibility stigma, and it’s the reason that even when companies offer such policies, they’re not widely used.
- Facebook employees to get 20 days off for family bereavement - Facebook says it is extending its bereavement policies and will also allow employees paid time off when a family member is sick. The company already offers four months of paid leave to new parents.
- Pay Discrimination Is Way Too Real—Is it Happening to You? - It's illegal for an employer to pay a woman less than a man for essentially doing the same work under, not one, but two federal laws—Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act (EPA)—but that doesn't mean the pay gap has closed. Even today, plenty of women aren't receiving equal compensation for doing the same work a man does and are uncertain about how to address the problem. If you think you're being discriminated against, here's what to do.
- New study examines impact of race, gender in political science faculty earnings - A new study examining the earnings of full-time political science faculty members shows that race, gender and geography are among several factors which play considerable roles in compensation distribution.
- The Ivy League's Gender Pay-Gap Problem - Female alumni make 30 percent less, on average, than their male counterparts. Across the United States, 34-year-old women, on average, make between 10 and 18 percent less than 34-year-old men. That gap isn’t surprising—it’s actually been slowly improving in recent years. What’s striking is that, when you only consider Ivy League graduates, the gap is significantly wider. This wage disparity came to light in a study by The Equal Opportunity Project.
- Well-Off White Men Are 3 Times More Likely Than Women To Get Job Interviews - For some women, there’s a “motherhood penalty” before they’re even thinking about becoming a mother. This old-fashioned notion exists even though a majority of mothers are now in the workforce. And the stereotype, according to this study, clings mainly to economically advantaged women.
- New York bans salary histories for all government agencies - When applicants apply for a job with the New York State government, they will no longer have to worry about handing over a salary history.
- U.N. Women Director: Tackling the Gender Pay-Gap Requires Urgent Solutions - Women, on average across the world, are paid 24 percent less than men. The women in those jobs are not 24 percent less able, less experienced or less qualified. They are just 100 percent less male. Pay inequality based on gender persists everywhere, across countries, regions and occupations, and it matters. It matters because it is an evident injustice and because it condemns millions of women and their families to lives of entrenched poverty. It is a global, systemic problem that needs concerted attention and action to change the way that we value and support women’s work.
- Most Low-Wage Workers in the United States Are Women, Study Finds - The gender wage gap hasn’t closed significantly since 2007, and a new report from Oxfam America and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research highlights one of the reasons why. According to the report, of the 23.5 million people working low-wage jobs in the United States, 19 million are women. What’s more, demand for low-wage workers is expected to increase as time goes on, meaning more and more women — a disproportionate number of whom are immigrants and women of color — will be called to fill those roles. As long as women are pushed into low-wage jobs, the gender gap is unlikely to budge.
- “Women’s Work” Jobs Keep Millions of Women in Poverty, Report Finds - Women in these jobs face many obstacles, such as low wages, few benefits, irregular hours, and little opportunity for advancement. “In the next decade, low-wage women’s jobs will increase at one and a half times the rate of all other jobs,” the study noted. “Even more women will be faced with the need to take jobs that undervalue their education and skills, undercompensate their contributions, and exact heavy physical and emotional costs.” The researchers concluded that significant policy changes that improve compensation and working conditions—while creating opportunities for advancement—are needed.
- Breadwinning Mothers Are Increasingly the U.S. Norm - In 2015—the year for which the most recent data are available—42 percent of mothers were sole or primary breadwinners, bringing in at least half of family earnings. Nearly another one-quarter of mothers—22.4 percent—were co-breadwinners, bringing home from 25 percent to 49 percent of earnings for their families. This represents an increase over previous years and is the continuation of a long-running trend, as women’s earnings and economic contributions to their families continue to grow in importance.
- Yahoo, eBay among Newest Companies to Sign White House Equal Pay Pledge - AAUW commends the 44 additional companies that signed the White House Equal Pay Pledge on December 7. This diverse group of businesses including AT&T, eBay, the Estee Lauder Companies, Yahoo, and Zillow Group joins a list of more than 100 top companies such as Amazon, L’Oréal USA, and PepsiCo.
- Business leaders say D.C. bill forbidding questions about salary would be a burden - Economists and policy analysts at the hearing lauded the bill for attempting to close the wage gap, saying it could also aid businesses by saving them from discrimination claims.
- Team USA members on historic fight for equal pay in women's soccer - Players on the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team are fighting the U.S. Soccer Federation over wages and treatment they say are not commensurate with their male counterparts.
- If more working women had equal pay, D.C. region would benefit more than you think - Across the board, poverty for working women would be reduced by half, if their incomes equaled those of men in the same jobs, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, which put out a report via its Status of Women in the States data. This would add $482 billion to the economy.
- IMF chief: Equal pay for men and women boosts growth - The chief of the International Monetary Fund on Monday called on governments and businesses to do more to promote the same economic opportunities for men and women and to fight discrimination that interferes with those goals. Speaking at a conference in Washington, the fund's managing director, Christine Lagarde, said that ensuring equal pay and economic opportunities for men and women boosts growth, promotes diversity, reduces economic inequality around the world and helps companies earn more.
- New Zealand's breakthrough moment on equal pay - The long road to gender equality got a bit shorter this week. The Government has accepted the recommendations of a working group to better resolve employee pay disputes. The workplace will be much fairer for women as a result.
The group made 21 recommendations, which will now be written into law. They include a new bargaining process which, among other things, will allow women to file equal pay claims with their employers rather than the courts.
- These Tech Roles Have The Most Egregious Gender Pay Gap - Among the 16 most common tech roles for which the employer rating site has this kind of data, 12 had gender pay gaps above the national average of 5.4 percent. (While it’s widely believed that the first-ever computer programmer was a woman, today, women are not only paid less, but there are far fewer in the field.
- More state, city lawmakers say salary history requirements should be banned - The practice of setting pay based on a worker’s past salary is pervasive across the country. Women’s rights advocates say it is a key contributor to the nation’s yawning gender pay gap because it discriminates against women who earn less than men from the start of their careers. Over time, even a small wage gap can result in significant amounts of lost income. Now city and state lawmakers are attempting to make it more difficult for employers to use salary history in setting employee compensation.
- Your Gender Pay Gap: This Handy Calculator Shows You What You've Lost - There are alternative methods for measuring the gender wage gap, and a Wednesday panel discussion at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., focused on the myriad ways the gap shortchanges female workers. The event centered on a new EPI report entitled “What is the gender pay gap and is it real?”
- NYC Just Took a Big Step Toward Closing the Gender Pay Gap - Executive Order 21, signed today by Mayor de Blasio, will ban NYC agencies from inquiring about a job applicant's salary history before extending an offer of employment. Because questions regarding an applicant's previous compensation history are often used to determine starting pay in a new role, this practice could help stop the cycle of wage suppression for women and people of color.
- Where Equal Pay Flourished (and Failed) in 2016 - This year we saw lots of progress in statehouses across the country when it came to advancing AAUW’s public policy priorities. In particular, we helped get exciting new equal pay legislation off the ground and focused attention on the issue.
- The Big Difference Between Women and Men’s Earnings After College - Though more education brings higher earnings for men and women alike, the earnings are much lower for women despite their higher graduation rates. Stakeholders and policymakers should continue to think about solutions beyond education—such as paid family leave, pay transparency, and high-quality child care—they also need to consider the factors in higher education policy solutions that may contribute to the wage gap.
- It will take centuries for women of color to be paid equally - On its present trajectory, then, it will take 43 years for the gap between what men and women earn to fully close. But women of color will have to wait much longer. Black women won’t see pay parity for another 108 years, while Hispanic women will have to wait a shocking 232 years.
- 25 Famous Women on Asking for a Raise - Setting up a meeting with the boss to ask for a bump in salary can be a loaded, anxiety-inducing experience for anyone — even when you clearly deserve a raise. Women in the workforce already have to deal with the ugly realities of the gender pay gap, and failing to negotiate a higher salary at the onset can become a barrier years down the line. According to research from Glassdoor, 68 percent of women accepted the salary they were initially offered and did not negotiate.
- Latina gender wage gap is even harsher for immigrant women - It’s no secret that Latinas are the hardest hit by the gender wage gap. A recent analysis from the National Partnership for Women and Families showed that Latinas are paid 55 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men in the nation’s top 50 metro areas. Although wage disparities exist at all career levels for Latinas, immigrant women are especially susceptible and are considered the least economically secure population in the United States.
- Women and men won't reach economic equality until 2186, index says - "The gap in political empowerment, it said, was particularly pronounced in the United States, which may soon elect its first female president. In most polls, Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump ahead of the Nov. 8 election. "The United States ranked 73rd in political empowerment, which measured the ratio of men to women in the highest levels of political decision-making, the WEF said. It ranked 45th in the global list overall."
- AAUW Today: Do My State Officials Care about My Equal Pay?
- Lisa Maatz: Capitol Hill Can Learn a Thing or Two From California's New Equal Pay Law - California has proved that strong equal pay legislation can be passed with little acrimony. The public wanted it. A diverse coalition of groups backed it. A bipartisan state legislature passed it. The sky didn't fall and Chicken Little is still alive and well. It's a shining example that Congress would be smart to emulate as they duke it out for women voters in 2016.
- The Equal Pay Webinar on April 17, 2013 that was hosted by the Women’s Bureau and The American Association of University Women is now available!
- Recording of the Equal Pay Webinar
- Women’s Bureau Equal Pay Guides: “An Employer’s Guide to Equal Pay,” and “A Guide to Women’s Equal Pay Rights” (available in Spanish, Chinese, French and Vietnamese upon request)
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics Women in the Workforce Databook
- The American Association of University Women report, “Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year After College Graduation”
- The American Association of University Women Salary Calculator
- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Equal Pay Fact Sheet
- The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce Report: “What’s it Worth: The Economic Value of College Majors”
- In the News: One Year After Graduation, Female Pay Lags Behind - AAUW published "Graduating to a Pay Gap"
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