dglobalnews.com Ways to Commemorate Equal Pay Day 2017
Published: Wed, April 05, 2017
Markets | By Armando Jensen

Ways to Commemorate Equal Pay Day 2017

Today on April 4, 2017 people across this country will recognize Equal Pay Day - the date to which women must work to earn the same amount earned by men previous year ending December 31 2016.

"Not only does the gender wage gap rob women of a fair paycheck, it makes families less secure and slows economic growth", Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, said in a statement Tuesday.

It's not just progressive states like California taking the wage gap seriously, either - North Dakota passed a bill in 2015 strengthening employer salary reporting requirements. In fact, according to a survey from Glassdoor, men are three times more likely to successfully negotiate salary than women.

Such findings are based on false assumptions that women make 20 percent less doing exactly the same work in the same jobs alongside men, without controlling for factors such as varying numbers of hours worked, marital status, education, occupation, children and uninterrupted years of service, Perry said. The disparity grows starker for women of color: Black women make 37 percent less than men, and Latinas make 46 percent less. Florida is the only state in the South with a gender wage gap narrower than the national average.

I was an Emmy Award-winning journalist with decades of experience and I still found myself in a position where I couldn't get equal pay for equal work. MA was the first state to make it illegal for prospective employers to ask about previous salary, and cities like Philadelphia and New Orleans have recently passed similar city-wide bans. Almost two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women, and the federal minimum wage is way too low.

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Every state and 94% of the country's congressional districts have a gender wage gap. Data from a 2016 study illustrates that white, non-Hispanic women make 83 cents for every dollar men make and Hispanic women make 60 cents on the dollar. They could raise up to $100,000 to fund salary negotiation workshops for women.

This matters for all women but, with the aging United States population, the gender wage gap especially hurts older women.

According to the Daily Beast, the top ten most remunerative majors (except pharmaceutical scientists) are dominated by men. We are still waiting for new data to reveal if that gap has narrowed or widened over the past couple years. That way it can't be that, "Oh, women and men are getting the same pay at the same level, but we're promoting the men faster than the women".

"The reason we started this working group, really, was to take a deeper dive into this issue and trying to understand: What are the real root causes to the wage gap?"

The symbolic day was first observed in 1996 [2] by the National Committee on Pay Equity, a coalition of women's and civil rights organizations, labor unions, professional associations and individuals working to eliminate sex and race based wage discrimination and to achieve pay equity.

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