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Updated April 17, 2014
- In the News: Full professor gender pay gap remains Ivy League's largest - Female full professors at Dartmouth make, on average, 82.8 percent of what their male colleagues earn, giving Dartmouth the largest gap in annual wages for full professors in the Ivy League. On average, male tenured professors at the College make $182,500 while their female counterparts make $151,100, according to the 2013-14 American Association of University Professors Faculty Salary Survey published last week by the Chronicle of Higher Education. This statistic shoes a wider gap than in 2012-2013, when female full professors were paid 83.2 percent of what their male colleagues earned.
- In the News: Sallie Krawcheck's Advice for New Grads on Conquering the Gender Pay Gap - She says that women should ask for more raises and take advantage of professional connections, even as she acknowledges that women are losing ground in financial services and other fields.
- In the News: More join Lewis County woman's proposed class-action suit against Stewart's Shops - LOWVILLE - A dozen people have joined a Lewis County woman in a proposed $20 million federal class-action lawsuit against Stewart's Shops Inc. over alleged violations of state and federal wage and hour laws.
- In the News: WAGE Project Preps Female Grads for 'Smart Start' - A group called the Women Are Getting Even, or WAGE Project, plans these "Start Smart" workshops in conjunction with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. The big picture focus is on helping to narrow the gender wage gap that last year left U.S. women--statistically speaking--working until April 8 of this year to catch up with male earnings in 2013.
- OpEd: Women's Unequal Lot - Decades into the discussion about how to ensure women's equality, we have a culture that still places a different set of expectations and burdens on women and that still nudges or even shames them into certain roles. If we're concerned about all working women, we have to talk about child care, flexible hours, paid leave. We have to talk about gender stereotypes and whether they steer women into professions with lower compensation. We have to talk about the choices that women make and which of those they feel muscled into.
- In the News: Survey Finds Gender Divide on Students' Financial Literacy - A new survey has found that male students outperformed their female counterparts on financial literacy aptitude questions but reported behavior that was less financially responsible overall. The results of the survey of 65,000 first-year students at four-year institutions were released in a report on Tuesday. The report, which was funded by Ever Fi and Higher One, calls for more robust financial literacy education programs.
- OpEd: The Truth About the Pay Gap - Women are the primary or co-breadwinner in 6 out of 10 American families. That makes the economic imperative of addressing the wage gap between women and men important, as is every step President Obama can take in that direction.
- In the News: Barbara Mikulski: Gender Pay Gap Is Worth Being 'Emotional' About - Mikulski sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would cut into the gender pay gap by holding employers more accountable for wage discrimination against women. An effort to begin debate on the measure failed 53-44, with all Republicans and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) voting against the cloture motion. All Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) voted in favor of advancing the bill.
- In the News: Equal Pay Day: Women in St. Lawrence County make average $116 a week less than men or $ 7,696 per year! (statewide chart) - To honor Equal Pay Day, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand crunched numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Fiscal Policy Institute. Equal Pay Day marks the date in the new year the average woman would have to work for her salary to equal a man's salary for working the 12 months of 2013.
- In the News: State Assembly passes resolution recognizing April 8 as Pay Equity Day - The state Assembly recently passed a resolution making April 8 Pay Equity Day according to a statement from Assemblywoman Addie Russell. Women, who make up nearly half of our nation's workforce, earn 23 percent less on average than men for equal work, according to the release.>
- In the News: Steps We Must Take to Improve Pay Equity - A significant gender pay gap still persists, which is why we cannot be passive as we acknowledge Equal Pay Day.
- AAUW OpEd: The Awful Truth Behind The Gender Pay Gap By Lisa M. Maatz - Another year, another several million dollars lost to the gender pay gap.
- In the News: Student debt weighs down women more; Blame the wage gap - Women have made gains in the workplace but there's still a wage gap. Although attending college costs the same for both genders, women are more burdened by student loan debt after graduating. They spend a higher proportion of their salaries on paying off debt because, well, they have lower salaries to work with than men - from the very start.
- AAUW Blog: How to Negotiate Your Salary
- In the News: Millennial Women Don't Believe The Gender Pay Gap Applies To Them. Wrong. - Gen Y women don't feel that the pay gap statistics -77 cents to the dollar to as narrow as 91 cents to the dollar- apply to us anymore. But facts are facts: A woman who doesn't negotiate her salary in her first job will lose an average of $431,000 by the time she's 65.
- In the News: The gender pay gap is real, and it shows the US has a lot of catching up to do - The United States is far out of step with other countries regarding work and family policies. Long after women have become an established part of the American workforce, we still don't have policies and social systems that make it possible to meet our responsibilities both at work and at home. Instead, each family is left to figure it out on its own, and women tend to pay the price for pregnancy, childbirth and caregiving.
- In the News: For Equal Pay Day, New Study Finds Wage Gap is Costing Women and Families in All 50 States Thousands in Critical Income Each Year - Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families: "As this analysis shows, when women and their families lose thousands of dollars in critical income each year, they have significantly less money to spend on food, gas, rent and other basic necessities, and the consequences for their families and our state and national economies can be devastating."
- In the News: As Obama Spotlights Gender Gap in Wages, His Own Payroll Draws Scrutiny - The recent study, by the conservative American Enterprise Institute, showed that the median annual salary for women in the White House last year was $65,000, while the median annual salary for men was $73,729. The study was based on White House salary data.
- AAUW OpEd: Equal Pay Day April 8 (April 5, 2014)
- In the News: Obama To Sign Executive Order With Equal Pay Rules For Federal Contractors - With the stroke of his pen, the president put in place one critical part of the Paycheck Fairness Act for 22 percent of the workforce, but the rest is up to Congress.
- AAUW Blog: How Does Race Affect the Gender Wage Gap? - Race and ethnicity have always created a dividing line in the United States, and it’s no different with the gender pay gap. The pay gap affects all women, but it doesn’t affect all women equally.
- AAUW OpEd: Middle age women face larger pay gap than younger women (March 28, 2014)
- AAUW Blog: 7 Women Shortchanged: Personal Stories of the Gender Pay Gap
- In the News: This Map Will Tell You How Big The Gender Pay Gap Is In Your State (Infographic)
- In the News: Equalizing Wages in Israel's Workforce is a three-year initiative, implemented by NIF grantees the Israel Women's Network, the Adva Center and SHATIL, in consultation with the EEOC. The project works to increase awareness, knowledge, and capacities to equalize wages among the general public and among key actors in the public and private sectors; and to promote policies, practices, and regulations that will help combat gender-based salary discrimination.
- In the News: Q&A: Lilly Ledbetter - Lilly Ledbetter, who inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, talks about her personal fight to earn equal pay.
- In the News: The Gender Pay Gap Costs Women More Than $500 Billion Every Year - While women now make up nearly half (47%) of the workforce, they only earn about 42% of the country's wages, and this is down from a peak of 43% in 2009.
- In the News: Here’s why the gender wage gap hasn’t budged in a decade - New analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research shows that stagnant wages for women over decades has prevented the gap from closing.
- AAUW Blog: 3 Reasons Why You Should Negotiate Your Salary
- In the News: Why Stay-At-Home Moms Should Earn A $115,000 Salary - Think you can't put a price on motherhood? According to a 2011 survey by Salary.com, a division of human resources consultant Kenexa, moms should be charging $115,000 per year for their work.
- In the News: The pay gap in Investment Banking still has some way to go! - In celebration of the International Women's Day 2014, we decided to look at the gender pay gap in investment banking.
- In the News: The Pay Gap Prescription - Your local pharmacy is closing the wage divide between men and women.
- In the News: How The IRS Supports The Gender Pay Gap - When married women lean in, the IRS pushes back. There is a persistent gender pay gap, with women earning between 77 cents and 91 cents for every dollar earned by a man, depending on how you calculate it. But there's more bad news for married woman who buck the trend and earn about the same as their husband: a big tax bill. This is no accident. The system is "a result of policies and presumptions dating back to the early 20th century that deliberately pushed married women to stay home," according to USC law professor Edward McCaffery.
- In the News: Building bridges for women in the construction industry - Why is construction still such a man's world?
- In the News: The Gender Gap Extends To Job Quality, Not Just Pay, Says Study - Women in industrialized nations lag behind men in most aspects of job quality, according to a new study. Women tend to be more stressed, they don't see as many opportunities for advancement and they report a lack flexibility and job security, the researchers found.
- Video: Why wait 100 years when the gender pay gap can be closed in 47 seconds?
- In the News: Global Gender Pay Gap Map - This map highlights the percentage difference between men and women’s wages around the world. There is not a single country where women earn, on average, more than their male counterparts.
- In the News: There Is a Salary Gap Even When Women Pay Themselves - A recent study found that female entrepreneurs typically pay themselves less than male entrepreneurs when beginning a business venture. This initial pay gap, averaging around 20 percent, is comparable to the gap between male and female full-time workers in the broader economy.
- In the News: Could More Female Leaders Resolve the Gender Pay Gap? - Previous generations of female workers watched income disparities increase as they got older. As leadership opportunities grow, so may income. Since higher positions equal larger paychecks, could solving leadership barriers increase income parity?
- In the News: Equal Pay Day: Gender Pay Gap stagnates at 16.4% across Europe - On 28 February 2014, the European Commission marked the fourth European Equal Pay Day. A press release showing the last gender pay gap figures in the EU and the Member States was issued.
- In the News: The Gender Pay Gap: State by State - It’s no secret that throughout history, women have been paid less than men for the same work, but many employers still overlook the discrepancy.
- In the News: Management/Confidential point to gender issue in pay freeze - The NY state Organization of Management/Confidential employees, made up of non-union state workers, want Gov. Cuomo to give them a long-withheld raise. They note that a good proportion of non-union administrative state employees are women and they've had $20,000 withheld from their salaries due to the five-year pay freeze.
- In the News: One City’s Quest to Erase the Gender Pay Gap - Boston is trying to ensure its female workers earn as much as men by asking local companies to rethink perks such as workplace flexibility and child care. So far, 50 Boston businesses have signed on to “100% Talent: The Boston Women's Compact,” an initiative that encourages business to self-assess their pay practices and choose strategies to address gaps. Every two years, the companies’ results will be anonymously compiled to assess progress toward equal pay.
- In the News: Study Finds 35% Pay Gap Between Female, Male Healthcare Executives - Study participants included 157 female and 125 male leaders. In the study sample, compensation for women was "considerably lower," according to the study. The average difference was 35 percent between a man and woman's pay for similar positions.
- In the News: Great Britain: Cash-strapped older women are forced back to work - Older women taking on more jobs, study finds, but pay gap between the sexes is growing wider.
- In the News: Quit Talking About Equal Pay and Do Something - It's a hallmark of the Obama presidency: talk about change, but not deliver any. Will the president's pledge on equal pay suffer the same fate?
- Comparable Worth In the News: Superintendents' Salaries Tick Upward; Women Earn Slightly More - Base median salaries for the nation's K-12 superintendents rose modestly this school year—1-2 percent—from 2012-13, and in most cases, salaries for female schools' chiefs were slightly higher than their male peers, according to a new survey.
- In the News: It's Great To Be A Woman In California, Unless You're Hispanic - The Golden State ranks as the second best place for a woman to achieve economic security, according to 14 key measures, according to a study from the Center for American Progress. However Hispanic women in the state only make 44 cents to every dollar a white man makes. That makes the 6.6 million women, or 17 percent of the entire state of California, the lowest paid population, of any race, in any state.
- AAUW Blog: 3 Reasons President Obama Needs to Act Now on the Gender Pay Gap
- In the News: Wyoming considers minimum wage hike; women see help with pay discrimination - Women's organizations and other supporters say the minimum wage is tied to the gender wage gap. A boost in the minimum wage is expected to narrow Wyoming's general wage gap, which is the worst in the nation.
- In the News: Obama - Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and more than 50 Democratic congresswomen in the House sent a letter to President Obama pressuring him to take executive action on equal pay. While Obama highlighted the necessity of women’s economic security in his State of the Union address and pledged to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors, he still hasn't indicated whether he will also issue an executive order banning federal contractors from retaliating against workers who share or ask about wage information.
- In the News: Congressman Tonko addresses closing gender pay gap - "Respect women and show fairness and justice to women in the workforce. If you're doing a job that is of equal standards, equal responsibilities, you should draw the same salary," Tonko said.
- OpEd: ‘Williams,’ the Princess and the Gender Pay Gap
- In the News: Harvard B-School Dean Apologizes to Women - The apology came after an article in September in The New York Times detailed the negative experiences of many female students, and the business school's attempts (with mixed success) to promote a more hospitable environment.
- In the News: Can One State Wipe Out Sexism At Work In One Fell Swoop? - Minnesota state lawmakers unveiled the “Women’s Economic Security Act of 2014,” a legislative package “designed to break down barriers to economic progress facing women – and all Minnesotans,” according to the release. Among the pieces of the package are paid sick leave, a raise in the minimum wage to $9.50, and expanding access to high-quality, affordable childcare.
- AAUW Blog: Lilly Ledbetter Hasn’t Given Up on Fair Pay — and Neither Should We
- In the News: Pay Secrecy and Wage Discrimination - About half of all workers (51 percent of women and 47 percent of men) report that the discussion of wage and salary information is either discouraged or prohibited and/or could lead to punishment. Most government agencies have formal grade and step systems that make general wage and salary information public (only 18 percent of women and 11 percent of men in the public sector report discouragement or prohibition of wage and salary discussions).
- In the News: The surprising culprit behind the gender pay gap - While everyone can benefit from flexible work schedules, women in particular need this leeway as they are often the primary caretakers for their families. In fact, women often find themselves being unfairly compensated for their work as they get older and have children.
- In the News: The Gender Wage Gap Between Unionized Workers Is Tiny — And Shrinking - The gender gap between what unionized male workers make and what unionized female workers make is just 9.4 cents, meaning that women working full time make more than 90 percent of what men do, according to an analysis by the National Women’s Law Center.
- In the News: What is a stay-at-home mom's salary worth? How tasks like driving, cooking and laundry would add up to a $113,568 income. According to a survey of more than 6,000 mothers by Salary.com, the average non-working mom spends 94 hours a week juggling tasks that would earn a total salary of $113,568. What's more, the poll found that the average salary of a working mother is just $67,436 - only about two-thirds of the income a stay-at-home mom would hypothetically earn.
- 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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