Making sense of Equal Pay Day

Gladys Abbott
April 18, 2017

Des Moines Professionals, the city's local Lean In Circle - a global network of small peer support groups - and local business Wanderlust are participating in the campaign.

In the United States, women are paid about 20% less than men. "Our representatives should be fighting to close the gender wage gap, not making working conditions worse for Missouri women". It equates to a gender wage gap of about 20 percent. It was started in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) to highlight the gap between men and women's wages. Statewide, that amount decreases to 77 cents.

The bill would establish a toll-free, anonymous equal-pay hotline operated by The Ohio Civil Rights Commission. It marks the symbolic date on the calendar when a woman's pay "catches up" to what a man earned the previous year. But, as Ellen McGirt points out on Fortune, April 4 is not truly Equal Pay Day for all women. Why? The program has trained more than 3,000 working women since then, according to the mayor's office, and hopes to train 8,500 by December 2017 and 85,000 women by 2020.

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A survey of all faculty members - released Monday - found that in 2016 women earned 29% less than men. That's supposed to represent how far into the next workweek a woman has to work to earn a man's weekly pay.

Black and Hispanic female workers are paid 65 cents and 58 cents on the dollar, respectively, compared to the 81 cents that white, non-Hispanic female workers are paid and the 90 cents that Asian women are paid. She suggests that raising the minimum wage and businesses conducting pay audits by gender and race could both help make society more equal.

OH ranks 42nd among states and D.C. for gender wage inequity, and two state lawmakers are hoping new legislation amplifies conversations about closing the pay gap. But in some fields, including engineering and information technology, women make substantially less than men, on average, one year after graduating college.

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