Last year, the average earnings of all women working full-time, year-round in the United States amounted to 80 percent of the earnings of their male counterparts.
But that average doesn't tell the full story—Black women earn only 63 cents for each dollar made by white men, Native Women make only 57 cents, and for Latinas, the pay disparity is the widest of all at 54 cents on the dollar.
In Illinois, where women make only 79 cents for each male dollar, Women Employed is advocating for a law to prevent employers from asking job applicants about their previous wages—a common hiring practice that perpetuates pay discrimination against women, especially women of color. Join our Action Network to stay informed and find out how you can help!
April 2nd is Equal Pay Day and we are joining our national partners to spread awareness on Twitter about the wage gap and the toll it takes on women and families! This year, we will focus on the Paycheck Fairness Act nationally and the No Salary History bill in Illinois as important steps toward combating pay discrimination and closing the gender and race wage gaps!
Why do laws like this matter?
To learn more, read our Medium piece: I was asked about my past wages in a job interview. So what's the problem? »
We won’t close the gender wage gap until all women are paid equally for their work. When we acknowledge the varying experiences and realities of different types of women, we are able to create solutions that truly result in a better world for us all.
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