That’s what the typical woman working full time, year round makes for every dollar paid to her male counterpart.
Just a few weeks ago, we “celebrated” Equal Pay Day – the day that represents how much longer the typical woman working full time, year round would have to work to be paid as much as the comparable man makes in one year. For the typical woman who makes just short of $37,000 a year, that means working three and a half months longer.
Three and a half months is a lot of extra work. Sadly, it used to be even longer. In 1963, the year the Equal Pay Act was passed, the typical woman working full time, year round made 59 cents for every dollar paid to her male counterpart. By 1973, the wage gap reached its widest point since the Census Bureau began tracking earnings – the typical woman working full time, year round made less than 57 cents for every dollar made by her male counterpart. Now we’ve been stuck at 77 cents for about a decade. So while the wage gap has shrunk since the Equal Pay Act became law in 1963, it hasn’t come anywhere close to disappearing.
To get the emergency contraceptive in your hands quickly, the £20 (24 euros) service involves filling out a short online form that is assessed by an online doctor, with the prescription delivered by courier in as little as two hours.
And here I thought it was handy that time I needed an urgent prescription refill the day I was leaving on a trip and was able to call my doctor’s office for a refill which was faxed over to my local CVS so I could pick it up on my way out of town. Read more »
I consider myself a fairly savvy salary negotiator; it’s a point of pride. But apparently, I may be undercutting myself without even knowing it. I just booted up the aptly named Gender Gap App, a game that has you guess whether a salary is the average listed for men or for women in a certain job category.
On top of being good at salary negotiation, I also fancy myself good at mindless cell phone games. You cannot beat my minesweeper score, I promise. But this little game got the better of me. I continually underestimated the average salary for each job category. Even after I saw the pattern, and tried to self-correct, I still thought that jobs paid less than they do.
In 2005, I was hired to be the only IT person for a 50-person firm just a few blocks from the White House. They hadn’t had a full-time IT person before, so they said they were looking for a “help-desk” person. When a managing partner made me a formal job offer, the salary was lower than I thought it should be based on the work that needed to be done, but I didn’t really know how to express that without sounding ungrateful for the offer. I had absolutely no idea how to negotiate a job offer, or that you even could! I accepted, and had it in the back of my mind that this was going to be a great learning opportunity with a lot of responsibility, and that I would grow from the experience.
Little did I know! They didn’t need a help-desk person—they needed an entirely new network infrastructure and round-the-clock attention. It was a dynamic place to work, very busy, and when I asked them for more purchasing authority and the freedom to replace the entire network, they happily agreed. That first project was a success, and they gave me a great deal of leeway to take on more responsibility (and more work!). Read more »
On April 17, women’s earnings from 2011 and 2012 will finally match their male counterparts’ 2011 earnings. Yes, it takes women a little over 15 months to make the same income that it takes men to make in 12. How is it that in 2012, women are still only making 77 cents to a man’s dollar? We have been fighting for equality for so long! We have had success – like the Equal Pay Act and, more recently, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. But we still have a long way to go.
We have even further to go now that the Wisconsin legislature and the Governor of Wisconsin repealed the state’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which beefed up the penalties for pay discrimination and the relief available to victims. This means that if a woman in Wisconsin finds that she is being paid less than her male counterpart, she has fewer remedies and less relief available to her than she did before. And given that pay discrimination is hard to identify and hard to challenge, that’s definitely a step in the wrong direction.
Over the last two years, I’ve written an awful lot about the wage gap and fair pay. This year, in honor of Blog for Equal Pay Day I decided to change it up. Behold the results below the jump. Should You Care About the Wage Gap? A Simple Guide!
Maybe I have read Brown Bear Brown Bear a few to many times to my two-year-old daughter. But when I think about the fight for equal pay, this is what I see.
Senator Kennedy (D-MA) never giving up. Even when he was sick, very sick, he pressed forward to fight for equal pay. Before he passed away I had the honor of meeting him. When I shook his hands, they felt like my grandfather’s --- squishy and cloud-like. He is sorely missed, but his fighting spirit for equal pay and justice continues.
Today is Equal Pay Day and you might be wondering, "What exactly does Equal Pay Day mean anyway?"
Here's how it works. In 2010, the typical woman working full time, year round was paid $36,931. That same year, the typical man working full time, year round was paid $47,715. That's a pay gap of $10,784. Equal Pay Day represents just how much longer the typical woman would have to work to make as much as the typical man. So it only took the typical man working full-time, year round one year to make $47,715. But the typical woman working full-time, year round — it took her until April 17th the next year to be paid the same amount of money. That's an extra three and a half months of work.
In preparation for Equal Pay Day, we've been crunching the numbers to figure out where different groups of women stand.
The Best: Vermont, California, Nevada, New York, and Maryland were the states with the smallest wage gaps in 2010. The District of Columbia actually topped that list, where the typical woman working full time, year round was paid 91 cents for every dollar paid to the typical man.
The Worst: Wyoming, Louisiana, and Utah were at the bottom of this list. In each of these states in 2010, the wage gap was over 30 percent. In Wyoming, the typical woman working full time, year round was paid just under 64 cents per dollar paid to her male counterpart.
Spring came early this year for those of us living on the East Coast. Here in Washington D.C., one of the world’s greatest displays of springtime—the Cherry Blossom trees—peaked early, with the blossoms gone weeks before the start of the annual festival that celebrates their fleeting beauty. Unfortunately for women across the country, not all springtime traditions came early this year. Equal Pay Day—the date when a typical woman's wages catch up to those of her male counterpart from the year before—remains stuck in late April. This year we mark Equal Pay Day on April 17th.
Until recently were part of this one-third. We’ve been married for nearly three years and for about half that time I’ve been the breadwinner in our family, contributing more financially than Michael.
In the spring of 2010, I was offered my position at the National Women’s Law Center. Michael encouraged me to take it, even though it meant us moving to a DC where he didn’t have a full-time position. For our first year-and-a-half in D.C., he worked part-time as a Research Assistant for a professor at the University of Michigan while completing his dissertation. Read more »