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EQUAL PAY DAY: What You Need to Know about the Gender Wage Gap in 2017

 

Equal Pay Day 2017 is Tuesday, April 4, marking how far into the year that women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Women make up almost half of the workforce, are the sole or co-breadwinner in half of American families with children, and are graduating from college at higher rates than men. Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. In 2015, women working full-time, year-round made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent.

Why? Read IWPR’s post, “Equal Pay Day: What You Need to Know about the Gender Wage Gap in 2017.”

Have you ever found yourself discussing equal pay with a wage gap skeptic? Find more research-backed, fact-based information from IWPR:

The 80% wage gap statistic is not misleading. Indeed, it is actually a moderate estimate of gender pay inequality. Read and share IWPR’s fact sheet, “Five Ways to Win an Argument about the Gender Wage Gap.”

Women tend to work in female-dominated fields, while men tend to work in higher paying male-dominated fields. Why do we value jobs traditionally done by women so much less than those traditionally done by men? Read the Q&A with IWPR Program Director on Employment & Earnings Ariane Hegewisch.

Why should we take the gender wage gap seriously? If women were simply paid the same as men who are the same age, had the same level of education, worked the same number of hours, and had the same urban or rural status, poverty among working women would fall by more than half, according to a new analysis IWPR prepared for the LeanIn.Org’s #20PercentCounts campaign. Learn more atleanin.org/equalpay.

At the current rate, women in the United States will not see equal pay until 2059. For women of color, it will take much longer. Help us share fact-based, reliable information on the gender wage gap so that we can speed up progress for women, their families, and their communities.


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