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. April 10, 2018 was Equal Pay Day, a symbolic marker of the wage gap which represents the additional time it takes the average working woman to earn what the average working man earned in 2017.
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.
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.
How Salary History Questions Contribute to the Wage Gap
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. Our bill, HB4163, has passed the state legislature and has been sent to the governor for his signature. Call him today to ask him to sign!
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? »
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