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Updated March 6, 2014
- 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.
- In the News: What states are doing to close the gender pay gap - On average, women made an average of 80.9 cents for every dollar a male earned in 2012, according to recent statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But from state to state, the numbers vary dramatically. Female workers in Wyoming, for example, earn just 65.5 percent of what men earn, worst of any state. In the nation's capital, women fared best and are nearly at parity, making 94.8 cents on the male-earned dollar.
There is no clear regional or political pattern: Arkansas women experience a narrower gender gap (15.9 cents) than women in New York (17.1 cents), for example.
- In the News: Gender Wage Gap Projected to Close in Year 2058: Most Women Working Today Will Not See Equal Pay during their Working Lives
- In the News: Close the Gender Pay Gap, Change the Way We Work - For all the progress made on women’s rights, one measure of inequality still stands out: Females earn less than males, even in the same occupations. Closing this gender gap will require changing the way employers think about work.
- In the News: Lilly Ledbetter says the president can do more for equal pay: Sign an executive order - "I urge the president and Congress to stop resting on their laurels. Yes, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a great accomplishment. But the president and Congress should not fall back on that victory every time they’re asked about pay equity — as if all the work has been done and equal pay for equal work has been achieved."
- In the News: Men still make a lot more than women in Obama’s White House - according to a Daily Caller analysis of the administration’s “2013 Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff,” the White House still paid women less than men in 2013.
- In the News: Bridging the gender gap for women, equal pay bill introduced in PA - Representative Molchany and Representative Brian Sims introduced the Workplace Opportunity Bill or House Bill 1890. The bill would clarify the reasons why an employer could pay employees different wages. Gender is not one of them. “Education, training and experience are reasons for a differential in pay, and it removes gender completely from the equation,” said Rep. Molchany.
- In the News: Lewis County woman files class-action suit against Stewart’s Shops over pay issues - According to the suit, the company has systematically failed to pay its workforce for all hours worked, allegedly resulting in employees being paid below state and federal minimum wage. It further is claimed that the company has received a special permit from the state Department of Labor to allow for 20-minute paid meal breaks under certain circumstances, but does not provide the breaks or other breaks called for under state law. Ms. Gregory claims that the alleged hour and wage violations adversely affect about 4,500 employees throughout 330 convenience stores in New York and Vermont.
- In the News: Will new right-to-work laws worsen the gender pay gap in Michigan? - The new right-to-work laws in Michigan, already one of the worst states for gender pay equity, may represent a step backward when it comes to narrowing the gender pay gap in the state, data show.
- In the News: The Pastor Pay Gap - A look at what's driving lower pay for female clergy.
- In the News: Gender pay gap worst for women architects in America- AJ Women in Architecture survey reveals a 33% gap in the full-time salaries of male and female architects. Rates for sexual discrimination also high, with 17% suffering at least once a week.
- In the News: New Jersey dairy company to pay nearly $325,000 to settle charges
of sex and race discrimination affecting 227 job applicants - The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Cream-o-Land Dairy Inc. reached a settlement addressing claims that the federal contractor was discriminating on the basis of sex and race in its hiring process. Cream-O-Land Dairy will pay $325,000 to rejected applicants and invest in training to ensure future compliance. This case is yet another reminder that the OFCCP needs to update its tools to assess workplace discrimination: Contact the Department of Labor and urge them to act today!
- In the News: Gender pay gap would lessen with flexible work days, study finds - Gender salary differentials "would be considerably reduced and might vanish altogether if firms did not have an incentive to disproportionately reward individuals who labored long hours and worked particular hours," according to professor Claudia Goldin. Goldin was seeking to explain why 25 to 69 year old women working fulltime made 77 percent of what men earned.
- In the News: Could 2014 Be Year One of the Pay Ratio Era? - In the year ahead, nurses and college students just might jump-start the struggle against America’s chronic - and growing - income inequality.
- In the News: Women & Money: The Pay Gap - Eighteen million women were in the work force in 1950, today, half the workforce is comprised of women. 70 percent of those women are juggling work and home and kids under 18.
- In the News: Job Flexibility Seen as Key to Equal Pay - The key to narrowing the gender wage gap is restructuring jobs and making hours more flexible, a leading scholar said, suggesting that the solution to equal pay for men and women rests within the labor market itself and not on government policy.
- In the News: Econ Jobs, Money, Love - Study examines 15 years of data on doctoral students in economics. They earn more if they leave academe and (for men only) if they marry.
- In the News: Higher education has long-term benefits for older Americans but women still earn less than men, study shows - Women earn less at every age and education level than men, and often earn about the same as men who are at the educational level below them, the researchers said.
- OpEd: Gender pay gap must be overcome - The gaps have huge consequences over a woman's lifetime. Earning less throughout her career means she spends less, which is bad for the economy in general. Earning less will also bring in less income for her retirement - and chances are she will outlive her male counterpart in the bargain. Meaning no bargain at all. Lower pay also hurts single mothers and their children during their growing-up years, when families need money the most.
- In the News: Gender Gaps in Medical School Faculty Tracks - A new study in Academic Medicine notes the differing career options being used by men and women on medical school faculties -- at a time that women making up an increasing share of medical school students. Of traditional tenure track programs (in which professors engage in teaching, research and patient care) only 20 percent of medical schools report that there are more women than men in this category. But of medical schools offering a clinician-educator track (in which faculty focus only on patient care and teaching), 77 percent report having more women than men. A key issue, however, is that those on the tenure track are more likely than those on the clinician track to be promoted, the study finds.
- In the News: Advice for Young Women: Get a Union Job - According to a new paper on women and unionization by progressive think tank the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), "Even after controlling for factors such as age, race, industry, educational attainment and state of residence, the data show a substantial boost in pay and benefits for female workers in unions relative to their non-union counterparts. The effect is particularly strong for women with lower levels of formal education."
- In the News: What college students need to know about the gender pay gap - Anne York, an associate professor of economics at Meredith College with expertise in gender equality, says the narrowing of the pay gap is an improvement, but not a reason for young people to become complacent. "The doors have been kicked down, but everything's not equal. I see this as an individual battle at this point," she says.
- In the News: Pay Gap for Women Doctors Increases to $50,000 a Year - Female physicians in the U.S. continue to earn less than their male counterparts, with the pay gap widening during the past two decades to more than $50,000 annually in 2010, researchers said
- In the News: The link between parental leave and the gender pay gap Parental leave and gender differences in work experience are not the only factors associated with the gender pay gap. As is the case in the U.S., across these other 25 countries the gap increases with age, and with parenthood. As in the U.S., women in most of these countries have more education than men; this reduces the pay gap to some extent.
- In the News: Millennial Women Closest to Pay Parity but Not for Long - On Tuesday, Pew published a new report about gender & the workplace for millennial women. Women ages 25-34 have the narrowest gender pay gap – 93 percent compared to an average 84 percent for all women workers age 16 and older. This is mainly due to increased education levels as well as more women participating in the workforce than ever before. However, there are still roadblocks to ending the gender pay gap for millennial women. The report suggests millennial women are less likely to ask for a raise or promotion and cites work/life balance as a factor that will increase the millennial gender pay gap over time.
- In the News: Study: Key findings from Pew report on gender pay gap and attitudes toward workplace equality
- In the News: Study: Women in unions get higher pay - According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, women in unions make an average of 12.9 percent more than those who aren’t covered by collective bargaining. They are nearly 37 percent more likely to have employer-provided health insurance, while 53.4 percent more have participated in an employer-sponsored retirement plan. This appears to apply even when researchers factored in age, race, industry, educational attainment, state of residence and other demographic factors.
- In the News: Prestige vs. Major - For women, and especially disadvantaged women, what they study may be more important than where they study -- if they aspire to close the pay gap with men.
- 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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