The warm fuzzy feminist feelings of Women's History Month have hardly worn off and already Equal Pay Day is rolling around - a day symbolizing how far into the year women in the US must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.
The gender pay gap is defined as the average difference between men's and women's aggregate hourly earnings. And generational shifts don't change that: A 2015 Pew Research study revealed that women and men start out on a fairly even playing field, with millennial women earning 90 percent as much as men.
The numbers Monday from the National Partnership for Women and Families show that women were paid 80 cents for every dollar that a man earned while working in a similar job in 2015, the latest year for which Census Bureau numbers were available. "And we all need to celebrate, and not penalize women, when they advocate for themselves and ask for more", she said.
This breakdown looks even worse than the data from 2014, but Wyoming Women's Foundation Program Associate Rebekah Smith said she has a few anecdotal examples of women moving toward wage parity.
In 2016, when she launched her own company, she made sure her policies more closely reflected her beliefs about equal pay. Smith said the study will provide an opportunity to better understand unequal pay in Wyoming.
Women actually do better than men in several occupations including as media producers and directors, cleaners of vehicles and equipment, wholesale and retail buyers and transportation security screeners. "It's time for my Republican colleagues to wake up and help us make the Paycheck Fairness Act the law of the land".
The staggering number of women earning these low wages is only expected to increase until 2024, when one in six of all jobs will be considered low-wage women's work, according to the report.
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"Women lose out on every paycheck - and women of color feel it the most".
The National Partnership said in a news release that if there were no wage gap in Kentucky, women would have enough additional money for 13 more months of childcare and nearly a year's worth of tuition and fees at a four-year college.
The legislators said Tuesday they hope to combine the bill with another proposal, which would prevent employers from asking a prospective applicant about their salary history before making a job offer.
"Often the wage gap seems vague, but for real people this is meaningful".
"That means that women will have less wealth, less resources for retirement, and it is one reason why women are likely to take time out of the workforce to do caregiving because they earn less than their male counterparts". Learn more at leanin.org/equalpay. If we don't step up, it will be another penny next year, another penny the following year, and yet another penny.
"I hope now to help my granddaughters, but who knows", she said.
For employers: To learn more about the Glassdoor Equal Pay Pledge, visit the Glassdoor Blog. "The estimates for when the gender gap will close keep extending and now it's in the next century, so we'll see".