A lot has changed since 1970. For example, “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” was a billboard topper, and Jackson 5’s “ABC” was hitting fresh ears, not yet to be played and replayed at every bar- and bat-mitzvah party across the country. The “Ed Sullivan Show” was prime time television, and PBS first turned on its lights.
Of course, the workplace was a very different place in 1970 as well. Women in 1970 made up only about 38 percent of the workforce—representing about 30 million workers. Today, those numbers are dramatically higher; with nearly 73 million working women, women today make up nearly half—47 percent—of the workforce. And whereas less than 50 percent of first-time mothers worked while pregnant in 1970, nearly two-thirds of first-time mothers work while pregnant today. Although women in 1970 were just beginning to get their foothold in 1970—and were earning just 59 cents to every dollar earned by a man—today, women’s income is critical to their families. Working women are primary breadwinners in more than 41 percent of families and they are co-breadwinners—bringing in between 25 to 50 percent of family earnings—in another 23 percent of these families. Read more »
Today I met Lily. No, not Lilly Ledbetter — four-month old Lily whose mom, Sara Wilkinson, President of Maryland NOW, spoke at an (un)Equal Pay Day event in Baltimore.
At the current rate of progress, the Institute for Women's Policy Research projects that Lily and other baby girls born in Maryland this year will face a wage gap until they are 27. And, in case you wondered, Lily’s mom says that is absolutely not ok. Read more »
Today is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic date when the wages of women who work full time all year finally catch up to men’s wages. It’s a day to reflect on polices both good and bad that affect economic justice. At the National Women’s Law Center, we work on a range of issues that affect the economic stability of women and their families, including both equal pay and access to reproductive health care. So we thought it was appropriate to look at the overlap between equal pay and access to abortion. Here’s what we found: Read more »
It’s Equal Pay Day, April 14th. Equal Pay Day is the symbolic date that marks the time in the year when the wages of women who work full time, year round finally catch up to the wages of men. The date is pegged to the overall wage gap for women—when the wages for all men and women are compared, women make just 78 cents on the dollar.
That overall statistic masks even larger disparities for women of color. African American women are paid a whopping 64 percent of the salaries paid to their white, male counterparts. This pay gap, which amounts to a loss of $18,650 a year, means that African American women have to work nearly 19 more months—almost until the end of July—just to make as much as white, non-Hispanic men did in the previous year alone.
Here are five more facts about the wage gap that are equally stunning: Read more »
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but how much is that in dollars? Today is Equal Pay Day, which marks the fact that it takes women more than 15 months to earn what men make in just one year. To “celebrate” we thought we’d share with you 5 pictures that highlight the importance of achieving equal pay for women. Read more »
This week we mark Asian American women’s equal pay day, the day that represents how many extra days an Asian American woman typically has to work to earn what a white, non-Hispanic man typically earns in one year. American women who work full time, year round are typically paid only 78 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. The wage gap is a penny better for Asian American women--among full-time, year-round workers, Asian American women typically make 79 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. However, focusing on the aggregate obscures the full story. The wage gap varies among subgroups of Asian American women with some groups of Asian American women making substantially less. Read more »
The wage gap for working women in the United States has been stagnant over the last decade – women working fulltime, year round are paid just 78 cents for every dollar paid to men. Not incidentally, congressional action on the Paycheck Fairness Act has also been stagnant over the last decade. Congress has blocked action on the Paycheck Fairness Act four times, including twice in the Senate as recently as last September. But now, Congress has another chance to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and achieve economic security and equality for women.
The Paycheck Fairness Act, reintroduced today by Senator Mikulski and Representative DeLauro, achieves several important goals for working women by strengthening the tools that workers have to fight back against pay discrimination. Specifically, the Act: Read more »
The Academy Awards are, in one word, big. Big awards, big celebrities, big blockbusters, big hair…and in recent years, a big social media presence. Last year, a selfie tweeted by host Ellen DeGeneres “broke Twitter.” This year, that honor went to a surprising but overdue recipient: the call for equal pay.
The awards night thank you speech is a moment that, let’s be honest, sends a lot of us channel-surfing. But Patricia Arquette used that moment to tell millions of people about the critical need for fair pay. “It’s our time,” she said, “to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” Read more »
Today marks six years since President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. This law restores important protections against pay discrimination which were stripped away in the Supreme Court’s decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. andis a critical step in the fight to close the wage gap. But the fight is far from finished. Here are six facts that show how much farther we still have to go:* Read more »
“I thought I was earning good pay. I thought they were treating me fairly.” Those are the words of Lilly Ledbetter, whose story and Supreme Court case eight years ago opened many eyes to the egregious pay discrimination that continues across the American workforce. Her story even moved Congress to act. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama six years ago today as one of his first official acts as President, restored longstanding law and helped to ensure that individuals subjected to unlawful pay discrimination are able to effectively assert their rights under the federal anti-discrimination laws. The Act operated to overturn a ruling by the Supreme Court, which would have required individuals to file claims for pay discrimination within 180 days of the first instance of discrimination—even where the employee does not learn about the discrimination until years or decades later, as what happened to Lilly Ledbetter. Under the Act, each discriminatory paycheck (rather than simply the original decision to discriminate) resets the 180-day limit to file a claim.
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act has been a critical tool for victims of pay discrimination and it has reestablished employer accountability for pay discrimination. And yet, the Act is just one of many tools needed to rectify pay discrimination and close the gender-based wage gap, which remains at about 78 cents on the dollar. Read more »