Today is International Women’s Day. Celebrate all the wonderful women in your life!
Also, take some time to help support an issue:
Women in the U.S. make 81 cents to the dollar men earn doing the same job.
Nearly 50 years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, on average women are still paid less than their male counterparts for doing comparable jobs in the U.S. — that’s called the pay gap. It means that each time the average woman starts a new job, she’s likely to start from a lower base salary than her male counterparts.
Just as interest compounds, so does the pay gap. As a woman moves from job to job during her career, the pay gap between her and her male colleagues is likely to become wider and wider.
Personal financial advisors and legal occupations suffer the largest gender pay gaps. Personal and home care aides and special education teachers have the smallest pay gaps.
Unequal pay isn’t just unfair, it’s illegal. But unless men and women who have the same job discuss what they’re getting paid, unequal pay can go unaddressed indefinitely.
via Narrow the Gap
Learn more and join in:
- Twitter – @WomensDay
- European Parliament – Equal Pay Equal Work
- Wikipedia profile – International Women’s Day