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April 4, 2017 - Equal Pay Day

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Focus on Gender
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Today is Equal Pay Day, when women catch up to what men earned last year. When you layer in race, pay parity comes even later for most women of color.*
  • Asian women – March 7
  • African American women – August
  • Native American women – September
  • Latinas – October
* Source: AAUW

The National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE), which first calculated and observed Equal Pay Day in 1996, urges those supporting gender pay equity to wear red as a symbol of how much women are “in the red” with their pay as compared to men. NCPE developed a kit of resources and ideas for taking action on and after equal pay day. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) also provides a kit.

Previously featured:

Glassdoor: Demystifying the Gender Pay Gap (55 min.)

Glassdoor Economic Research examined pay data from the US, UK, Australia, Germany and France in 2016 and concluded that:
  • The pay gap is real and global.
  • The adjusted pay gap ranges from a low of 3.9% in Australia to a high of 6.3% in France. The adjusted pay gap in the U.S. is 5.4%. The adjusted pay gap controls for variables such as education, experience, and location. The lack of these controls is a shortcoming of some other pay gap analyses.
  • Further, the report finds that in the countries studied that about one-third of the gap is due to factors like discrimination, be it overt or unconscious, while about two-thirds of the gap is explainable by worker differences. (Note: there is variability by country.)
The report also concludes that pay transparency can root out unjustifiable pay gaps.

Featured Video
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Roundtable on Equal Pay
Presented by: 
  • Clayman Institute for Gender Research’s Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership at Stanford University 
  • The Stanford School of Engineering, and
  • Co-sponsored by Glassdoor
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