Equal Pay Day Hypocrisy

Lynne Hanson
April 5, 2017

This means that on average, women in the United States had to work all of 2016 plus this far into 2017 to catch up to what men earned previous year.

Women continue to make less than men, but the gap in equal pay is wider for women of color.

Equal Pay Day aims to raise awareness of this issue.

Nationally, women make about 80 cents for every dollar men make.

Data from the U.S. government showed a 20.4 percent wage gap between men and women for 2015.

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The wage gap between men and women is an affront to the values of fairness and equality. By comparison, black women only narrowed that gap by 9 cents, from earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white man in 1980 to 65 cents today.

Although progress has been made in narrowing the wage gap, it's estimated the problem won't be completely erased for another century. The Institute for Women's Policy Research reports that from 2015-2016, weekly earnings among Black women increased 2.9 percent, Hispanic women saw an increase of 2.2 percent, and white women 1.18 percent. In the past year, 43% of men received a bonus of £2,059, on average, versus 38% of women, who, on average, received £1,128. White women have achieved parity in numerous traditional professions like law and medicine.

Women actually do better than men in several occupations including as media producers and directors, cleaners of vehicles and equipment, wholesale and retail buyers and transportation security screeners. Women are still not well represented in the top paying corporate and industry sector jobs such as: Chief Technology Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Vice Presidents of Engineering, Orthopedic surgeons, Vice President of Sales and Business Development, etc. (See: Top Professions Do Not Boast Women ).

It also included rules for paycheck transparency and a ban on forced arbitration clauses for sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination claims - two things that directly impacted on women. An important bill pending in Congress would help women uncover and challenge discriminatory wage practices. "We know that when Texas women succeed, we all succeed".

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