YWCA hosts Equal Pay for Women Day event

Posted April 05, 2017

The signing of the Federal Lilly Ledbetter Act was a huge step forward in the fight for equal pay - an achievement that I and so many of my colleagues, Republican and Democrat, strongly support.

In the last few years, Hollywood has been discussing equal pay for women in the industry more; actresses have voiced their opinions on the issue and shared their personal experiences of finding out their male co-stars made more money than they did.

Women on average are paid 20 percent less than men in the United States, according to census data compiled by LeanIn.Org and the National Partnership for Women & Families.

"It's an enormous impact that could be created by bringing these women up to where they need to be", Altman says.

Closing the pay gap would lift 3.1 million working women and their families out of poverty and add $513 billion in new income each year to the US economy, according to research commissioned by the Institute for Women's Policy Research. She also said women in NY state are more likely to be represented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations and those jobs would attract highly educated candidates.

Glassdoor chief economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain has authored a new technical guide to help companies analyze their own pay data to determine if any unadjusted or adjusted wage gaps exist: How to Analyze Your Gender Pay Gap: An Employer's Guide. In 2014, women earned 78.6 cents for every dollar a man made.

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Another session of Congress, another attempt from Democratic lawmakers to enshrine the Paycheck Fairness Act into law. The gap is even wider for women of color, with African American women making 63 cents on the dollar, and Hispanic women making only 54 cents, on average, compared with white men.

Over the past 50 years, ticket agent jobs shifted from being held primarily by men to women-and wages have dropped by 43 percent in that time. "Get informed, be a part of any organization that will not only inform you but equip you with the tools in order to have these conversations and maybe to then give them to a woman that needs them more than you do".

"And finally, Latinas are by far the lowest paid workers". It prohibits companies from asking perspective employees their current or past salary history, an effort to prevent pay discrimination from following a woman throughout her career.

Of course, there was no way to prevent him from starting the show one evening with, "Good evening, this is Your Name with the 6 o'clock news".

Rachel Thomas, president and co-founder of LeanIn.Org, said in a statement that the campaign is more than just about public awareness. A number of new state laws and local ordinances have been enacted in the previous year that limit how an employer can use an applicant's current pay to establish starting pay. "Everybody cares about equal pay". But we can close the gap if working women like Atisha are able to come together to negotiate the terms of their work.