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PAY AND POSITION EQUITY

View 2017 Superbowl ad from Audi--first pro-pay equity ad in history (not an endorsement of Audi!)

UPDATE 7/5: White House gender pay gap more than triples under Trump (Washington Post).

LEARN (and see below to Take Action): White American women receive 79.6% of the pay of men for the same job and level of experience, in every occupation; women of color even less, mothers less, older women less. Doesn’t sound like a such big deal? That’s $916 less PER MONTH, on average. What could you do with $916 more every month? Sadly, 82% of males don't believe a pay gap exists. And on 3/27, Trump signed an EO revoking the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Act, which ensured compliance with 14 labor and civil rights law (NBC News).

Here is a clear, concise description of the problem, including a breakdown by state, ethnicity, age, education level. Summary: African-American women earn 70.6% of what a white man makes, Asian-American women, 94.6%, Native American women, 59%, Hispanic-American women, 60.7%, White women, 79.6%. Of these groups, Asian-American women have the highest level of educational attainment: half have a bachelor's degree (why not bachelorette’s?!) or greater, and 22% hold PhDs, law degrees, MBAs or MDs.

You thought gender pay disparity was debunked? No. The National Committee on Pay Equity explains why: “What gender wage gap?” In fact, if American women achieved pay equity with men tomorrow, the poverty rate would be cut in half, according to a recent regression analysis of federal data by the Institute of Women’s Policy Research. At the slow rate we're going now, it will take until 2059 for women to achieve pay equity with men.

Pay Equity Chart

TAKE ACTION

(1) Tips for women’s salary negotiations.

(2) Celebrate (or not!) Pay Equity Day on 4/4/18. That’s how far into the year women must work, on average, to earn what a man in a comparable job with comparable experience earned in the previous year.

(3) Visit the Institute for Women’s Policy Research to download Building Alliances of Women: A Manual for Holding Workshops on Women’s Values in your community.

(4) In California? It's leading the way in pay equity legislation. If you’re a woman in California, learn about the California Fair Pay Act, which went into effect 1/1/16, and SB 1063, The Wage Equality Act of 2016, which covers unequal pay due to race and ethnicity:

Thus, effective January 1, 2017, California employers must not pay employees a wage rate less than the rate paid to employees of a different race or ethnicity for substantially similar work….newly enacted AB 1676 will prohibit employers from using an employee’s prior salary as the sole basis to justify a pay disparity.” The responsibility is placed on the employer to justify any gender, race, or ethnicity disparity in pay. (Launey & Soto, California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog, 10/27/16)

(5) In another state? Search for pay equity legislation in your state and know your rights and your employer’s responsibilities before taking a job or asking for a salary increase.

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