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April 14, 2015

To advance our knowledge of diversity, inclusion, and workforce and talent strategy, we gather and share relevant articles on a weekly basis. This week, we have identified the following articles of interest for the April 14, 2015, Equal Pay Day, symbolizing how far into the year U.S. women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.
Exponential Talent offers services to assess gender pay gaps. Read about how Exponential Talent helped The Gap with a salary auditWe have also conducted a recent analysis of the Pay Gap for the 20 Highest Paying Jobs for Women
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Focus on the Pay Gap
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United Nations Development Programme - Close the Gap
  • This interactive tool is based on research by the United Nations Development Programme. It allows you to see gaps in labor force participation (orange), secondary education (green), parliamentary participation (blue) and income levels (purple) which shows the pay gap by country. (Change the drop down box at the top to see a different graph.

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AAUW: The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (Spring 2015)
  • The pay gap has barely moved in a decade. In 2013, among full-time, year-round workers, women earned 78 percent of what men did.
  • The pay gap is worse for women of color.
  • Women face a pay gap in nearly every occupation.
  • While more education is an effective tool for increasing earnings, it is not an effective tool against the gender pay gap.
World Economic Forum: The Global Gender Gap Report 2013
  • Of the 110 countries that have been involved every year since 2006, 95 (86%) have improved their performance over the last four years, while 15 (14%) have shown widening gaps.
  • Although no country has yet achieved gender equality, all of the Nordic countries, with the exception of Denmark, have closed over 80% of the gender gap and thus serve as models.
  • Because women account for one-half of a country’s potential talent base, a nation’s competitiveness in the long term depends significantly on whether and how it educates and utilizes its women.
World Bank: Gender at Work - Emerging Messages
  • On virtually every global measure, women are more economically excluded than men.
  • Gender gaps can be seen among farmers, entrepreneurs, and employees alike.
The Guardian: Gender pay gap will not close for 70 years at current rate, says UN
  • 20 years after the Beijing Declaration on women's rights, the UN estimates it will take another 70 years until equity is achieved at the current rate of progress. 
  • Pay equity legislation is 45 years old in the UK and yet a 19% pay gap persists. 
  • Mothers with two children earn 25% less in the UK than women with no children.
Kaiser: Even in Female Dominated Nursing, Men Earn More
  • In nursing, women outnumber men by 10 to one but, amazingly, earn as much as $17,290 a year less.
CBS Bay Area: Reddit CEO Ellen Pao Bans Salary Negotiations To Equalize Pay For Men, Women
  • What can companies do to close the pay gap? Ellen Pao, interim CEO of Reddit, will stop the practice of negotiating employee salaries, saying, “Men negotiate harder than women do and sometimes women get penalized when they do negotiate... we aren’t going to reward people who are better negotiators with more compensation.”
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