On Equal Pay Day, Wyoming Still Lagging Behind

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05 April, 2017

Today, April 4, is Equal Pay Day, a date that represents how far into the new year women have to work in order to make the same amount that men made in the previous year. Last year's figures, showing that women earned 79.6 percent of what men earned, put Equal Pay Day on Tuesday April 4, more than three months into the calendar year. Women are still only earning 80 percent of what men make, and that gap widens significantly for women of color: In 2015, Hispanic and Latina women made only 54 percent of what white men make, while black women only made 63%, according to the AAUW.

Pelosi said pay inequality "disrespects women's work, undermines families, robs their retirement and weakens our economy and communities". Women in that age group earned 90 cents to the dollar earned by men, compared to the 67 cents they earned in 1980.

Mothers with full-time, year-round jobs are paid 70 cents for every dollar paid to fathers, the organization said.

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Small businesses across the country and the Bay Area will pass along the 20 percent discount on all purchases to all customers, men and women.

The most unionized industries also tended to fall relatively low on the list of the sectors ordered by the size of their gender pay gaps.

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

The pay gap means women lose around $10,470 in median earnings a year, according to a March report from the NWLC.

Personal financial advisers had the biggest gender wage gap past year, according to a report from IWPR. Asian women are paid 85 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, and some ethnic subgroups of Asian women fare much worse.

The wage gap is even greater for minority women.

"Equal pay is essential to the goal of gender equality", Sandberg says in a news release about the campaign.

Equal Pay Day aims to raise awareness of this issue. The FAMILY Act, legislation providing for paid family leave, has already been introduced, and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, requiring employers to accommodate pregnant workers, will be introduced in the coming months. Typically that's happening. The issue is that women aren't making it into the best-paying roles in the first place.

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