20 Apr

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while…things tend to get crazy busy and then I have no energy left at the end of the day to get online at the library. Anyway, saw an interested little story in Yahoo! News about the pay gap between men and women:

It is ironic that the Pennsylvania primary is being held on Equal Pay Day. That’s the day in April every year when women’s earnings finally catch up with what men made by December 31 of the previous year. The pay gap is still a stubborn problem, with women who work full time, year-round making 77 cents to a man’s dollar. And, women are losing ground when it comes to how long it takes to pull even with men – a decade ago Equal Pay Day was April 11.

Talk to Women for A Change” by Martha Burk

Ironic, indeed. Ironic that I didn’t hear a thing about it.

This quote on Equal Pay Day from the Business and Professional Women network shows the difference in race:

Equal Pay Day is held annually in April to signify the point into a year that a woman must work to earn what a man made the previous year. According to the 2006 Census Bureau, women on average earn 77 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. For women of color, the wage gap worsens: African American women make 66 cents, Latinas make 55 cents and Asian American women make 80 cents.

Now, there have been studies that show that part of the reason women are lacking in pay is because they don’t negotiate, and this can lead to a gap of hundreds of thousands of dollars over one person’s career! DEFINITELY negotiate!!! But that doesn’t make up for the increasing pay gap between women and men. Just another way to work towards equality!


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