Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

On Equal Pay Day, groups demand dollars

On Equal Pay Day, groups demand dollars

California women lose a combined total of more than $84.2 billion every year to the gender wage gap.

Molson Coors Brewing Co. said its wage gap was nearly six per cent and the difference in bonuses was 26 per cent, while McCain Foods (G.B.) Ltd. said its wage gap was nine per cent but women earned 72 per cent lower bonuses.

"We employers have to be part of the solution and part of my efforts are to have conversations with other employers through out the State of MS and help us understand the impact women make in the state of MS", said Jones.

"Equal Pay Day is a disturbing reminder that women overall have had to work more than three months into 2018 just to catch up with what men were paid in 2017", said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership, a nonpartisan group in Washington, D.C.

Louisiana (30 cents), Utah (30 cents) and West Virginia (28 cents) have the highest cents-on-the-dollar gap. However, as a whole, employers are still failing to make progress toward achieving gender pay equity, according to a new report from Visier Insights. Regardless of background, though, pay inequality affects all working women in some way, shape, or form. If the gap were eliminated, for example, the extra money earned by the average woman in Colorado would be equivalent to 8.6 months of childcare, 6.9 months of rent, or 0.7 additional years of tuition and fees for a four-year public university, according to the study. The color has also been used in equal pay movements across the globe, with protesters in cities like Berlin and Toronto wearing red and holding red signs on Equal Pay Day in 2017.

Experts expect the gender pay gap to close by 2059, based on the rate it narrowed between 1960 and 2016. On average, they say, a woman makes 81 cents for every dollar a white man makes.

Another large factor in the pay gap comes from the fact that 54% of the gap can be attributed to "different jobs or industries", which means that, in general, men end up in higher-paying fields, according to a Glassdoor analysis.

The narrowing of the gap has slowed substantially in recent years - in fact, at the current pace the wage gap won't be closed until the year 2058. "Let's continue to work together on a bipartisan basis to ensure pay discrimination becomes a thing of the past".

But in addition to the lack of awareness there is another problem perpetuating pay inequity: Women have been gaslighted into believing that it's an obstacle they have to surmount on their own in order to get a fair salary.

It can be true, Harris says, that sometimes women - especially primary caregivers - need to choose jobs that allow them to take a more active role in child care.

Advocates of the Equal Pay Day narrative don't include this fine print in their advertising.

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