The average woman earns just 80 cents for every dollar a man makes, and the wage gap is even worse for women of color. For every dollar paid to a white man, African American women earn just 61 cents, Native American women earn just 58 cents, and Latina women earn just 53 cents.
There is no one solution to ending the wage gap. But if we do not actively work in an intersectional way to close it, Latinas will not achieve pay equality until the 23rd Century. We simply cannot let that happen on our watch.
Please join us on October 15th at our Fall Celebration when we will be honoring an amazing group of movement leaders who work every day to support and protect women and working families. Meet our honorees.
The history of voting rights in this country is marked by inequality—gender as well as racial inequality. We are still fighting the legacy of this discrimination in the voting booth and beyond.
Today is Moms’ Equal Pay Day. On average, mothers who work full-time, year-round, only earn 71 cents for every dollar fathers earn. To bring this into focus, in a role where a man is making $40,000 per year for a full-time job, the average mother would only make $28,400, or $11,600 less for that same role.
To mark Equal Pay Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced legislation that would prevent employers in the State from relying on or inquiring about a job applicant’s salary history, a practice that disadvantages women and people of color who historically earn lower wages.
Equal Pay Day is not a holiday. It is a day to recognize the many structural inequities, from sexism to racism to the maternal wage gap, that result in U.S. women earning 82 cents—and Black women earning 68 cents—for every dollar their white male counterparts make.
In honor of International Women’s Day, we ask for you to join us in advocating for an end to this practice by sharing this letter publicly on social media today, Thursday, March 8 and using both #SalaryHistory and #IWD2018.