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Charlize Theron’s $10,000,000 Raise and Pay Secrecy

This weekend, we learned that Charlize Theron was slated to be paid less than Chris Hemsworth in the upcoming movie The Huntsman. And even though we already knew that the wage gap crosses nearly all occupations, we learned last month that other famous actresses, too, like Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams, are paid less—by the millions—than their male counterparts.            

But Charlize Theron managed to do something that many women cannot: she negotiated a raise, rumored to be more than $10 million, so that she is now paid the same as her male co-star.

What helped Charlize Theron fight back against unequal pay—information about what her male co-star was paid—would also help millions of women in America get their fair share. But more often than not, pay secrecy rules keep information about what the man across the hall is paid under wraps. Read more »

No Matter How Much They "Hustle," American Women's Pay Isn't Catching Up

The recent hacking of thousands of Sony emails revealed that Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, two stars of last year’s blockbuster hit American Hustle, were paid millions of dollars less than co-stars Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Christian Bale. The latter actors are perfectly fine (I mean, two are superheroes!), but why did those first two stars of Hustle make so much less than the other three? Here’s my educated guess: Adams and Lawrence are women, and Cooper, Renner, and Bale…aren’t.

This story isn’t getting press because the wage gap is surprising. The Equal Pay Act was passed over 50 years ago, but we still don’t actually have equal pay yet. Women working full-time, year-round typically make 78 cents to every dollar made by men — it’s worse for most women of color, and complicated for transgender women as well. This story may have had bigger disparities to report if Hustle had starred Michelle Rodriguez and Laverne Cox instead. Read more »

D.C. and California Show Striking Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Gender Wage Gaps

We spent this morning crunching some newly released Census data on the gender wage gap in earnings for African American women and Latinas working full time, year round as compared to white, non-Hispanic men in all 50 states and D.C.  What we found is deeply troubling and makes clear that looking at the gender wage gap for women overall often hides striking inequalities.

Here are some of our key findings: Read more »

Latinas Deserve Fair Pay. It’s (Past) Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

October 8, 2014 is Latina Equal Pay Day and Matt Damon’s 44th birthday. Unfortunately, only one of those is an occasion for anyone to celebrate.

Last year, Latinas typically were paid just 56 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. That’s why today, more than 10 months into 2014, we’re marking the day when Latinas have finally been paid the same amount that white, non-Hispanic men were typically paid in 2013 alone. You read that right: it takes more than 21 months for Latinas to make what white, non-Hispanic men made in 12. Read more »

A Long Hard Look in the Mirror: the Wage Gap for Latinas

New NWLC analysis shows that in 2013, Latinas typically made only 56 percent of what white, non-Hispanic men earned. That’s 56 cents for every dollar, amounting to an annual difference of $23,279. So, on December 31, 2013, while white, non-Hispanic men who worked full time, year round were typically paid $53,488 for the year, Latinas were typically paid just $30,209. Today, more than 10 months into 2014, we’re marking the day when Latinas have finally been paid the same amount that white, non-Hispanic men were typically paid in 2013 alone. That’s right; it takes over 21 months for Latinas to earn what white, non-Hispanic men earn in 12. 21 months versus 12 – that’s not a very pretty reflection. Read more »

If Shonda Rhimes Says It’s Important, It’s Important

ABC’s Scandal is at the top of my DVR list—literally. This means that, come Thursdays at (its new time) 9 pm, nothing in this world (with the exception of a power outage) can get between me and my Scandal.

Can you tell that I, like all the other Gladiators out there, really love the show?

Something exciting always happens during Scandal, but what happened while watching Thursday’s season four premiere was even more exciting than usual. Shonda Rhimes and her writing team addressed two very important issues that are National Women’s Law Center priorities—equal pay for women and sexual assault. (You may have seen some of our resources and work on Title IX and sexual assault on college campuses, for example.) Read more »

Want Retirement Security? Need Equal Pay

Yesterday’s Census data release showed that women’s 2013 poverty rates did not improve, and women working full-time, year-round, were paid just 78 cents to every dollar paid to men, statistically unchanged from 2012. That news is grim enough. Read more »

How the Wage Gap Hurts Working Families & What Can Be Done to Close It

Another year, another $10,876 lost. That’s how much a woman working full time, year round was typically underpaid compared to her male counterpart in 2013, according to NWLC analysis of new Census Bureau data.

Our analysis shows that women in full-time, year-round jobs make 78 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts—about the same as last year’s figure of 77 cents. The wage gap for women of color is even larger—with African American women making 64 cents and Latinas making 56 cents to their white, male, non-Latino counterparts’ dollar. Read more »

Senate Movement on Paycheck Fairness is a Step in the Right Direction

Bad news, everybody. Yesterday, a measure to hold an up-or-down vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) fell just a few votes short in the Senate.

But there is a silver lining. Yesterday’s vote comes less than a week after the Senate, for the first time ever, voted—73 to 25—to debate the PFA. But by blocking an up-or-down vote on the measure, some members of the Senate sent the signal loud and clear that they are still not ready to get serious about equal pay. Read more »

The Story Behind the Numbers: The Wage Gap

Tomorrow, the Census Bureau will release new data on poverty, income, and health insurance in the U.S. in 2013. As we get ready to crunch numbers, we thought it would be helpful to take a deeper look at what these numbers tell us — and don’t tell us — about the wage gap.

The typical American woman who works full time, year round was still paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to her male counterpart in 2012. For women of color, the gaps are even larger. This blog post provides details about the wage gap measure that the Census Bureau and the National Women’s Law Center use, factors contributing to the wage gap, and how to shrink the gap. Read more »