Advocates call for more salary transparency on Equal Pay Day
States are offering creative solutions to expand protections for women and close federal loopholes in the fight to end the gender wage gap, NBC News reported. Here's everything you need to know about how it came to be and how far things have come.
Citing figures from the National Partnership for Women & Families, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said working women in Hawaii make just 84 cents for every dollar paid to men, creating a wage gap of more than $7,000 each year. African American, Hispanic, and Native American women nearly always earn less than white and Asian women, meaning Equal Pay Day for these groups would fall on dates later than April 4. But, basically, any Equal Pay Day for most minority women will be much later in the year than the original date.
Ivanka Trump on Tuesday showed her support for Equal Pay Day, calling for the gender pay gap to be closed. The visual read: "Women earn 82% the all time weekly paycheck of a man".
It's a fight continuing more than a half century after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963. Delaware Senator Chris Coons suggested that Congress should pass equal pay legislation on April 4. The bill would also bar employers from asking about or screening applicants based on prior salary.
However, this number is not true for all women.
The gender pay gap within the construction industry is up to 5 percentage points higher than the United Kingdom average, the government has announced.
"The ongoing 19 per cent differential between women and men's pay is due to a combination of unequal opportunities in education, inflexible working, unaffordable childcare and a lack of shared parental leave".
A protester during "A Day Without A Woman" demonstration in Miami on March 8.
These figures also shine a light on the gender pay gap as Missouri's Republicans seek to make the problem worse by pushing Senate Bill 43, which amends the Missouri Human Rights Act to make it more hard for workers to report workplace discrimination. An in-depth examination of the gender wage gap by economists found that discrimination plays a role.
"Equal pay is essential to the goal of gender equality", Sandberg says in a news release about the campaign.
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