"Only where they are organized do women get equal pay for equal work."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
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- Why we can't forget transgender people when talking about the pay gap - Multiple studies have indeed shown that LGBT people suffer discrimination in the workforce, and the problem is more acute for transgender people. A review of more than 50 studies conducted by the Williams Institute at UCLA in 2007 showed that between 15 and 57 percent of transgender people report having experienced employment discrimination.
- Women in the world: Where the U.S. falters in quest for equality - When it comes to paychecks, the United States ranks 65th in wage equality for similar work, according to a World Economic Forum study of 142 countries. Among the dozens of countries where women are better off, according to this measure, are the United Arab Emirates and Norway, the Kyrgyz Republic and Canada, Egypt, Iceland, Japan, Botswana, Honduras and Ethiopia.
- AAUW OpEd AAUW Marks Equal Pay Day on April 14 (April 14, 2015)
- WELCOME TO CLOSE THE GAP APP - Close the Gap App is a powerful tool that takes you on a guided deep dive into your career path. It's like having your very own career or business coach on your desktop or mobile device.
- Why we still need Equal Pay Day - Policies make it more difficult for women, who are more likely to be primary caregivers, to reach their highest potential in the workplace, or to stay attached to the workforce at all. These are policies such as inflexible hours, an emphasis on unnecessary face time with the boss and a lack of paid maternity leave or access to high-quality, affordable child care. There are more subtle sources of discouragement, too, such as the way our tax code effectively penalizes secondary earners with a high marginal tax rate and forces much outsourced child care and housework to be paid with post-tax dollars.
- Gender wage gap: Women make more than men in 22 U.S. cities, including one in NY - Believe it or not, the gender wage gap actually favors women in 22 cities in America. And one of them's in New York. A new study by personal finance website NerdWallet analyzed the few places (out of 492 cities nationwide) where ladies earned more in 2013, including No. 4 Albany. In New York's capital, where the median income is $29,814, women make $1.11 for every dollar men earn.
- Women now hold a majority of all management and professional positions in the U.S. - Women now hold 52 percent of management, professional, and related positions, according to a new report from BMO Bank. However, the same data also show that the glass ceiling remains very real: Less than 5 percent of women occupy CEO roles at S&P 500 companies.
- Women Still Earn Less than Men Across the Board - April 14 is Equal Pay Day, a perfect opportunity to reflect upon the fact that women in our country still earn less than men. The gap between men and women's wages is smaller for lower-wage earners, there is still a significant gender wage gap at all levels of the wage distribution, particularly at the middle and the top. To close this gender wage gap, women need to see wage growth faster than their male counterparts.
- The anorexia pay gap: Study shows women with eating disorders earn less - In addition to causing long-term physical & emotional problems, eating disorders can also lead to economic struggle. A new study finds that disordered eating might actually contribute to the disparity within the disparity between men's and women's earnings, in ways that can affect the women who have eating disorders for much of their professional lives.
- Chelsea Clinton and Sheryl Sandberg Teach Women How to 'Ask4More' - To encourage women to speak up about the gender wage gap--and about discrimination more generally--Levo is launching its annual Ask4More campaign on Monday. Among other things, the initiative includes a series of interviews with women leaders such as Sheryl Sandberg and Chelsea Clinton, who offer advice on how to ask for what you want and deserve.
- Seattle Workers Hail 'Historic Moment' as City Sets Course for $15 Minimum Wage - By 2017, all workers in the city of Seattle will earn $15 an hour - after a long battle by city workers who felt they weren't getting a fair deal. Nearly 40,000 low-wage workers will get an instant pay rise on Wednesday, when Seattle begins to phase in a landmark $15 minimum wage law that was passed amid controversy last year.
- Best Buy, FedEx among first businesses fined for not giving paid sick leave to NYC employees - Six scofflaw employers, including a Best Buy branch and FedEx, were among the first businesses to be slapped with fines under the city's year-old paid sick leave law, officials said. In total, $39,350 has been levied against employers since the law went into effect last April and another 116 complaints were resolved through mediation, said officials with the Department of Consumer Affairs.
- Stubborn Pay Gap Is Found in Nursing - Male nurses make $5,100 more on average per year than female colleagues in similar positions, researchers reported on Tuesday. "We now have pretty compelling evidence that there are pay inequalities between men and women in nursing over the past 25 years," said Debra J. Barksdale, the director of the doctor of nursing practice program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Phoenix approves plan to fight gender pay gap - In a rare moment of political solidarity, Phoenix city leaders voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a plan to combat the pay gap between men and women in the nation's sixth largest city. The proposal, approved 9-0 by council members, makes changes to the city's nondiscrimination ordinance and increases education efforts. The changes don't create new regulations. Instead, they make explicit that city rules mirror federal law on the issue.
- CT GOV. MALLOY INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO ENCOURAGE EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK BY PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO DISCLOSE EARNINGS - Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he is proposing legislation designed to narrow the gender wage gap among Connecticut's workforce by halting "pay secrecy" - a practice among employers that frequently hinders pay discrimination from being pinpointed. Under the proposal, it will become illegal for employers to prohibit their employees from disclosing their own compensation information or inquiring about the wages of another employee.
- R.I. launches Pay Equity Tip Line for suspected gender-based wage discrimination - Rhode Islanders who want to report gender-based wage discrimination can do so with a phone call, now that Governor Raimondo has launched the R.I. Pay Equity Tip Line.
- Do Women Earn Less Than Men in STEM Fields? - Gender differences in salaries for academic jobs in science and engineering could lead women to leave the sector. A pay gap is not present throughout academic science, however. In 2010 in only six of 24 fields were salaries of males significantly greater than those of females: assistant and full professors in economics, life science assistant professors, associate and full professors in engineering and the physical sciences, and full professors in geoscience.
- Women Can't Get Equal Pay in Finance No Matter What They Do - Only some of the wage gap could be explained by the field of finance women chose to pursue. That's especially true on Wall Street. Last year, women who graduated from business school and took jobs in financial services earned an average of $21,872 less than male MBAs, according to data collected by Bloomberg Business.
- Women Need Bipartisan Action -- Not Just Words -- on Equal Pay - Both major political parties have said they support equal pay for equal work for women, yet the gender pay gap has barely budged in a decade. The new Congress has an opportunity to overcome the longstanding gridlock and better the lives of America's working families. Will they take it?
- There's A Gender Pay Gap At Every Age, And It Only Gets Worse As Workers Get Older - A recent Wells Fargo note looks at the gender wage gap broken down by age bracket. There are two things going on here: first, there's a wage gap no matter what the age. Women, even in high school, even after graduating from college, at 16 and 26 and 36, make less than their male peers. But when you look at all workers over 25, the gap increases - women of all ages make only 80% of what their male peers make.
- Want to Know How Much More Money Your Male Coworkers Make? Check This Map - The numbers say it all: Men make more money than women in every state in America.
- 5 Reasons Why You Should Negotiate Your Salary, Every Time - This one is as true in life as it is in business: unless you ask for what you want -- whether that's money, perks, benefits or responsibilities on the job -- you're unlikely to get it.
- Charlize Theron Reportedly Negotiated A $10 Million Paycheck After Sony Hack Revealed Unequal Pay - For her coming Universal movie "The Huntsman" - the prequel to 2012's successful "Snow White and the Huntsman," which earned nearly $397 million worldwide at the box office - the actress demanded to be paid the same as her male costar, Chris Hemsworth.
- To Promote Women's Leadership, Don't Forget the Benefits Gap - When we discuss the women's leadership gap -- the underrepresentation of women at highest levels of business and government -- we tend to think about how women, particularly highly educated, professional women, fall behind their highly educated, professional male counterparts. But, what is much less-often discussed is the gulf between wealthy and poor working women's experiences at work.
- Raise Awareness Campaign - Girls in Tech's "Raise Awareness" campaign asks technology companies to commit to increasing conversation around this topic and making sure their workplace is one where female employees are encouraged to step up and ask for a raise, and companies are actively working to decrease or erase any wage gaps that might exist between their male and female employees.
- Women with workplace power are more depressed. Men, not so much. - Women with job authority -- ones who have the ability to hire and fire people and influence over paychecks -- also have significantly more symptoms of depression than women without this kind of power. At the same time, having job authority slightly decreased these symptoms in men. Having authority over the hiring and firing of employees had the biggest negative impact on women's mental health, more so than the ability to influence pay. Part of that stems from the personal nature of having to fire a person. That factor also negatively impacted men, but not as dramatically as it did women.
- Women's Career Choices Don't Explain the Gender Pay Gap - High-achieving women are paid less than men even when they have similar levels of experience and are in the same fields, according to new Bloomberg Businessweek data. Women graduating business school this year reported an average of $14,548 less in expected annual pay than men, graduating MBAs said in a survey of 9,965 students at 112 schools, conducted as part of our recently published biennial ranking of MBA programs.
- It's Not Your Kids Holding Your Career Back. It's Your Husband - A new study of Harvard Business School graduates from HBS's Robin Ely and Colleen Ammerman and Hunter College sociologist Pamela Stone shows that high-achieving women are not meeting the career goals they set for themselves in their 20s. It's not because they're "opting out" of the workforce when they have kids, but because they're allowing their partners' careers to take precedence over their own.
- Women business grads earn almost $15,000 less than their male counterparts in their first year out of school. - That's according to a new analysis that pretty thoroughly debunks the myth that the gender pay gap is entirely, or even primarily, due to women's career choices.
- Vigilant Eye on Gender Pay Gap - A majority of large companies in North America say they have dedicated teams running these pay equity analyses, but only 46 percent of them think their approach is statistically robust. Even fewer say they have a formal process to fix any inequities, according to a recent report by Mercer, the consultant, which examined 164 (mostly large) companies in 28 countries, employing more than 680,000 women.
- Proof That the Gender Wage Gap Isn't Women's Fault - The gender wage gap - the fact that the average American woman working full time, year round makes 78 percent of what a man will make doing the same - is the result of many factors. In 17 of 22 industries, women were offered less starting money than men. In finance, for example, women's salaries were $22,000 lower, while they were $12,300 lower in tech and $11,500 in consulting.
- The Gender Pay Gap Revealed in Tech; Glassdoor Report - Some highlights from this report show that there is a $6,000 discrepancy in median base salary when comparing women ($94,967, 3.2 years of experience) to men ($101,006, 3.3 years experience) in the software development engineer role at Microsoft.
- Women More Likely to Graduate College, but Still Earn Less Than Men - Women today are more likely than men to complete college and attend graduate school, and make up nearly half of the country's total workforce. Yet past gaps in education and experience appear to be contributing to a persistent pay gap between the sexes, a new report shows. The report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers shows that although women are increasingly becoming more educated and make up a larger portion of the country's workforce, they consistently earn less than men, even when they have similar levels of education.
- 2014 Life Sciences Salary Survey - This year's data reveal notable variation in compensation for life scientists working in different fields, sectors, and regions of the world. In addition to differences across specialties, the most recent results from The Scientist's salary survey revealed varying incomes between researchers in industry and those in academia, between men and women, and for academics working in different countries. Life scientists working in the U.S., for example, earned an average of $99,011, while their European counterparts averaged just $68,361; and around the world, a gender gap in salaries is still apparent, with women earning less than men in the same positions, on average.
- Black Women: Still Trapped By the Pay Gap - Women serve on the Supreme Court, run Fortune 500 companies, and wield political power in the halls of Congress. However, despite these incredible public gains, women still continue to lag behind their male counterparts in some very basic aspects of life: in the workplace. Black women, for example, earn just 64 cents for every White non-Hispanic man's dollar. That is, Black women who work full-time make just 64% of what White non-Hispanic males make---less than both White non-Hispanic women and Black men. Across the country, women of color, particularly African American women and Latinas, have suffered larger wage gaps than white and Asian women since the 1970s. So while the wage gap is an important issue for all women, it is a major concern for historically marginalized women who continue to overwhelmingly bear the double burden of racism and sexism.
- "Nice Girls Don't Negotiate": Why There's Still a Pay Gap - A survey of women CEOs at 2500 of the world's largest publicly-traded companies in the last ten years by Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) shows that in eight of the last ten years there have been more female CEOs entering the global workforce than leaving it. The study also shows male and female CEOs have similar backgrounds: they are roughly the same age, come from the same region as corporate headquarters, have little international work experience, and only rarely achieve the joint CEO-Chairman title. Problem is, they are still underpaid: women CEOs on average make 80-cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts, according to a 2013 survey by the Institute for Women's Policy research based on US Labor Department statistics. But even that is an improvement: two years ago, women CEOs made 69-cents compared to each dollar made by male CEOs.
- Why do female CEOs get fired more often than male ones? - Congratulations to all the high-powered women who have made it to the top. You've done it. You've shattered the glass ceiling. You have it all. Now don't fall over the edge. It's called the glass cliff, and as more women take up the corner office, it's a vexing challenge we face.
- U.S. is 65th in world on gender pay gap - Currently, there's no country in the entire world where a woman earns as much as a man for doing the same job. And it's going to take another 81 years for the gender gap to close, according to a new report by the World Economic Forum. The U.S., for instance, narrowed its wage gap by one percentage point to 66% in one year "meaning that women earn about two-thirds of what men earn for similar work according to the perception of business leaders," WEF's economist Saadia Zahidi said.
- Microsoft boss who said women shouldn't ask for pay rises is paid $86m - News of Mr. Nadella's pay package came as the technology chief was still struggling to limit the damage from remarks he made over pay for female executives.
- The More Successful Women Are, The More Having Children Costs Them - High-achieving business women do not typically make 78 cents for every dollar their male peers earn. They make 62 cents for every dollar. That's the finding of a new study out of Harvard, "Dynamics of the Gender Gap for Young Professionals in the Financial and Corporate Sectors."
- The Equal Pay Webinar on April 17, 2013 that was hosted by the Women’s Bureau and The American Association of University Women is now available!
- Recording of the Equal Pay Webinar
- Women’s Bureau Equal Pay Guides: “An Employer’s Guide to Equal Pay,” and “A Guide to Women’s Equal Pay Rights” (available in Spanish, Chinese, French and Vietnamese upon request)
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics Women in the Workforce Databook
- The American Association of University Women report, “Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year After College Graduation”
- The American Association of University Women Salary Calculator
- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Equal Pay Fact Sheet
- The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce Report: “What’s it Worth: The Economic Value of College Majors”
- In the News: One Year After Graduation, Female Pay Lags Behind - AAUW published "Graduating to a Pay Gap"
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