Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

National Equal Pay Day highlights gender pay gap

Nellie Chapman | 19 April, 2017, 00:33

A bill would mandate companies with more than 250 employees report the median pay for men and women. The new analysis shows IL ranks 28th in the largest "cents-on-the-dollar" gap in the nation.

Executive Director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, Karen King says, the median annual earnings for local women working full-time previous year was nearly $41,000 versus $51,000 for men.

Research by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors found that men on average earned £11,000 more than women in the profession in 2016, up from £7,000 in 2015.

The first daughter is now a White House advisor with her own West Wing office, and has fully embraced women's empowerment.

"When I went in to ask if this was a performance based release, the comment to me was, no, you're young, you're single, you're a woman, you can find another job", Sioux Falls resident Linda Duba said.

It's always held in April to mark how far into the year women must work to make what their male counterparts did in the last year. States with a wider pay gap may have a dominant industry that is largely filled by men. And since women make up two thirds-thirds of tipped workers in the US, they're typically hit the hardest.

Scott notes the pay gap is worse for women of color.

#20percentcounts represents the 20% less women - on average - take home compared to men.

Equal Pay Day was started in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to raise awareness about the pay gap between men and women's wage differences.

Jacquette M. Timmons, financial behaviorist and author of "Financial Intimacy" says Black women need to speak up to get what they want.

The Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen and close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by holding employers accountable for discriminatory practices, ending the practice of pay secrecy, and easing workers' ability to individually or jointly challenge pay discrimination.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg calls the wage gap unacceptable and has launched a new social media campaign to demand change.