4 things to know about Equal Pay Day

Julia Bear assistant professor at Stony Brook University's

When you break the pay gap down by race and ethnicity, black women are paid 37 percent less and Hispanic women are paid 46 percent less than white men.

The date represents the fact that women working full time, year-round in the United States are typically paid just 80 percent of what men are paid for equal work, which is a gap of 20 cents on the dollar.

April 4 is Equal Pay Day, which symbolizes how far into this year that Jane must work to earn the same amount that Dick earned in the previous year. Louisiana is the worst state for black women, who earn 49 percent of what white men take home, closely followed by Utah, where they earn 54 percent, and Washington, D.C., where they earn 55 percent. "Equal pay affects all of us-and it will take all of us to fix it".

Technically, paying women less than men for the same job was outlawed when President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963. "Kentucky women lose a combined total of more than $9.2 billion every year. almost 218,000 Kentucky households headed by women, 36 percent of which are in poverty". A 2007 study, for example, found that while half of men negotiated their salaries, only an eighth of women did the same.

These figures also shine a light on the gender pay gap as Missouri's Republicans seek to make the problem worse by pushing Senate Bill 43, which amends the Missouri Human Rights Act to make it more hard for workers to report workplace discrimination. This issue speaks to how we value women's labor, knowledge, time, training and so much more. The AAUW also offers sample materials, such as an "Equal Pay Day Proclamation". At CNN, she lays out the goals of two bills she's sponsored, one of which would prevent retaliatory action against employees who ask for salary information.

White, non-Hispanic women are paid 75 cents for every $1 paid to white, non-Hispanic men.

However, this number is not true for all women. Various explanations for the remaining 25% to 40% have been suggested, including women's lower willingness and ability to negotiate salaries and discrimination.

So, where are we now?

Members of the Rochester Chapter of the National Organization Women marked the day by holding a protest at three area coffee houses, including Coffee Connection on South Avenue. If we continue at this pace, women will not reach pay equity with men until 2152.

The gender pay gap in Sen.

Equal Pay Day is a reminder that despite some progress, the wage gap persists, and women have ways to go when it comes to economic equality.

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