Equal Pay Day: Wage Gap Still Exists In 2017

Tammy Harvey
April 19, 2017

African American women on average earn only 63 cents and Latina women on average earn only 54 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men.

This data comes from an analysis released this week by the National Partnership for Women and Families, that found women employed full-time, year-round across the US are paid just 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. That's how far into the year a woman has to work to catch up to what men are paid. Women in those demographic groups have to work until July 31 and November 2, respectively, to catch up with what men earned previous year.

To raise awareness of the pay gap and how reducing it can improve the economy and quality of life, LeanIn.org is creating a one-day campaign called #20percentcounts.

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

The wage gap between men and women is an affront to the values of fairness and equality.

Women earn less than men in every state. The act prohibits gender-based discrimination and allows women to fight back against discrimination in the workplace regardless of when it began. Delaware Senator Chris Coons suggested that Congress should pass equal pay legislation on April 4. The bill would have made it illegal for employers to punish workers who discuss their salaries.

Critics of the pay gap data argue that women self-select into lower-paid occupations, that they take time out for child rearing, and that they tend more often than men to work part-time.

However, this number is not true for all women. Black women make 37 percent less and Hispanic women are paid 46 percent less than whites.

So, where are we now? "Young black women (those with 0 to 10 years of experience) have been hardest hit since 2000".

"It's a set up for losing out on the greatest resource we have which is our human resource and the perspective women bring to their work", Scavone said.

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