San Diegans fight to close the pay gap

Posted April 11, 2017

There has not been a statistically significant annual increase in women's wages since 2007, and if the pace of change in annual earnings remains the same, it will take 45 years for women to earn as much as men, the IWPR states.

"Just a few more hours until #EqualPayDay - marking how long women must work to achieve the pay men received the previous year", she tweeted Monday evening. And on average, the wage gap is even wider for women of color than it is for white women.

If the wage gap closed, The National Partnership of Women and Families says IL women could afford food for one and a half more years, almost seven more months of mortgage payments and almost a year of rent.

So, Equal Pay Day for black women falls on August 12, nearly 8 full months longer than what white men work to make the same amount of money. Based on the 2015 wage gap, a 20-year-old female entering the work force full time will lose $418,800 over a 40-year career compared to a male worker, according to the NWLC.

"Women working full-time, year-round still earn on average 80 cents for every dollar earned by men".

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch explains that Missouri's Senate Bill 43 "would amend the state's Human Rights Act, undermining civil rights protections and permitting retaliation against employees who report violations".

Chelsea Clinton took a more political approach to the issue of equal pay, criticizing the Trump administration.

"This has helped us to narrow the gender pay gap to a record 18.1 per cent - but we want to eliminate it completely". African American women make a mere 59 cents and Latina women only 52 cents for every dollar a white man makes.

Women can actually start out at the same pay scale as their male counterparts, but as they move up the ladder they are less likely to negotiate for pay.

While black men also earn significantly less than white men (and also less than white and Asian women), black women are still further behind.

- Equal Pay Day was created 21 years ago by the National Committee on Pay Equity.

Equal Pay Day was first recognized in 1996.