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Equal Pay Day points to 100-year wage gap for women's work

11 April 2018

Women across the country on Tuesday are wearing red to show how far "in the red" they are compared with their male counterparts.

By doing his small part to close that gap, Emanuel is currying favor with women, an important voting bloc whose support he needs to win a third term.

On Equal Pay Day, women's advocates call attention to the gender pay gap - the phenomenon in which, year after year, women are found to be making less money than men. And despite the fact women pay the same amount for a gallon of gas or a gallon of milk as a man, we continue to pay our mothers, sisters, and daughters less than their male counterparts.

Myth #4: We already have laws that address the gender wage gap.

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The loss to women is roughly $500,000 over their lifetimes and up to $1 million for women of color, per the National Organization for Women.

Similar proposed legislation was vetoed by former Gov. Chris Christie, who said existing safeguards protected against unequal pay for the same work.

A breakdown of Mississippi's gender wage gap compares median wages of full-time working women to that of full-time working white, non-Hispanic men. "There is consistently a pattern of men being paid more". "There's no reason we shouldn't be able to close the pay gap, and do it soon". Suffice it to say that women have to work for 15+ months to earn what men make in 12 months.

Madsen said some recent national studies figure discrimination creates about 8 percent of the gap - but that is on the national wage gap of 20 percent. But she adds that the majority opinion "is unsupported by the statute, is unrealistic, and may work to women's disadvantage" - citing the desire some female employees may have to bring up their own pay history to gain leverage in negotiations over pay. "So, in 55 years, it's only closed by 18 cents", she said. However, as a whole, employers are still failing to make progress toward achieving gender pay equity, according to a new report from Visier Insights.

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So, ladies, pick your vice-wine, beer, or coffee-and receive 20% off for Equal Pay Day! What's more, Burberry not only reports a 26% pay gap, but then men at the company have historically received higher bonuses as well. How did they get there?

So-called pink collar jobs in fields that are female dominant-such as nursing, childcare, social work, and human resources, among others-tend to command lower salaries, despite how valuable they are to our society. Visier suggests a lower number of women in management is partially to blame; past year, just 12% of women held management positions compared to 18% of men, and managers earn, on average, double what non-managers earn. "If you remove all issues of race and gender: How would the job be paid?"

Michellene Davis is president of Executive Women of New Jersey. "We've moving along. But [it] can't just happen on Equal Pay Day or International Women's day".

It is true, however, that jobs that have been historically dominated by women are paid less than jobs that are dominated by men.

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Equal Pay Day points to 100-year wage gap for women's work