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(Un)Equal Pay Day 2017

ON EQUAL PAY DAY, NOW REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO CLOSING GENDER-RACE WAGE GAP | NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN

Women still earn, on average, just 80 cents for every dollar earned by a white man. From this number, it is obvious that an embarrassing pay inequity exists

Source: On Equal Pay Day, NOW Reaffirms Commitment to Closing Gender-Race Wage Gap | National Organization for Women

Nel's New Day

Today is Equal Pay Day, the day of the year showing how many more days into this year that women must work to make what men earned during the previous year. The day is earlier this year than last, meaning that a woman now makes $0.80 for every dollar a man makes. That statistic is much better than 54 years ago before the passage of the so-called “Equal Pay Act” when women made $0.59, but at this rate, women won’t have equal pay until 2059. Women haven’t made made little progress in the 21st century.

Only four of 120 occupations pay women slightly more than men: counselors, food preparers and servers, sewing machine operators, and teacher assistants. In 107 of these occupations, the wage gap is at least five percent and one as disparate as 44.4 percent. The gap is also much larger for black women than white women…

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