A woman working in the U.S. today reckons with a persistent wage gap that can rob her of economic stability. If she is a woman of color, the impact is all the more dire. White women working full time make 77 cents for every dollar paid to white men. Asian and Pacific Islander women make 85 cents—but in some cases as low as 50 cents. Black women make 61 cents. For Native Women it’s 58 cents. For Latinas, just 53 cents. And when you start disaggregating the data within these groups, the gap grows. That’s not equity.
That lost income shows up when a woman calculates if she can fill up her gas tank, what she can buy at the grocery store, whether she can comfortably pay her rent and have money left over to put in the bank, and in many cases whether she can afford child care to keep working. The gap grows wider as women move ahead in their careers, hampering the ability to build a nest egg for retirement, and challenging a family’s financial future.
Even with the same background, same education, same skills, same hours, in the same jobs, a gender wage gap persists. It exists in every industry, at all levels. Women deserve to be valued and paid the same as our male equivalents—and given an equal chance at economic security and advancement.
What We're Doing
WE are charging forward to win fair wages for women working in Illinois and across the nation. We’re collaborating with partners nationwide, like the National Women’s Law Center and AAUW, to raise awareness about the dual impact that race and gender have on the wage gap by bringing attention to all the Equal Pay Days across various racial and ethnic groups.
And WE are digging deeper into the fight to ensure that all women are paid fairly by advocating for laws that will advance equal pay.
WE are pushing for a No Salary History law in Illinois that would prevent employers from asking job candidates about their past wages.
WE are advocating for the Paycheck Fairness Act at the national level to hold employers accountable for ensuring equal pay.
WE helped win an increase to Illinois’ minimum wage in 2019–a victory that will help close the wage gap by giving a raise to the women overrepresented in low-paid jobs.
Why Do We Need 'No Salary History'?
Learn how questions about past pay impact the wage gap, and why it matters to you.
Act Now For Paycheck Fairness
Tell your Congresspersons that WE need stronger protections against pay discrimination.
Thank Your Illinois Legislator
The Illinois legislature recently passed No Salary History and other progressive policies that will make an impact.
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