Published: Wed, April 11, 2018

Ongoing pay gap a focal point on Equal Pay Day

Ongoing pay gap a focal point on Equal Pay Day

It's a day dedicated to shedding light on the pay gap between men and women in the United States.

"Women earn only 81 cents to a man's dollar in Hawai'i, and it's getting wider". Black women here make $15,059 less. One out of every five women in Colorado is Latina, and they still only make 53.5 cents on the dollar compared to the highest earners, white males.

Not all of the gender wage gap can be explained by occupational choice, however. Colorado has the sixth smallest wage gap in the nation, with New York, California, Florida, the District of Columbia and Vermont ahead.

There is no reason a woman in New Jersey should earn just 82 cents to the dollar made by a male for the same work. Various leading women's groups, including the AAUW, National Women's Law Center, the National Partnership for Women & Families, and Equal Pay Today have called for congressional and administrative action concerning pay equity. Last year, women working in the state earned 68 cents for every dollar earned by men.

"Employers are not making collective progress towards achieving gender pay equity", the Visier said, in a report published on Equal Pay Day. "Sixty-one percent of Americans are less likely to buy a product from a company that doesn't pay women fairly, and nearly a third will not apply to a company with a gender pay discrepancy". Also, older respondents across all gender and racial categories reported greater pay disparities than their younger counterparts. There wasn't a single state that didn't face some degree of wage inequality between men and women.

Thomson Reuters Professional UK Ltd. said its wage gap was just 2.4 per cent but its mean bonuses were 51 per cent lower for women.

WSP's hourly wage gap was 25 per cent while its women received 55 per cent lower bonuses, while SNC-Lavalin said its wage gap was 38 per cent and the bonus gap was 67 per cent. It doesn't always work in women's favor - women who negotiate too strongly can be seen as aggressive, and some researchers have found that there is a social penalty for women job applicants that men don't experience.

But in addition to the lack of awareness there is another problem perpetuating pay inequity: Women have been gaslighted into believing that it's an obstacle they have to surmount on their own in order to get a fair salary.

Among Warren's female staffers who were employed for all of 2016, only one woman earned a six-figure salary. Here in Bend, the Sparrow Bakery in Northwest Crossing offered $1 off coffee all day in honor of Equal Pay Day today.

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