Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April 20 = Pay Equity Day

Today is "Pay Equity Day" - the day at which a woman's earning matches a male counterpart's for the previous year (i.e. she has to work an extra 3.5+ months to earn the same amount as an equally qualified male).
The UC Feminists student group held a Pay Equity Bake Sale today to recognize the day. They sold snacks and "=pay" buttons as well as distributed literature on the pay gap.

According to the AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women), Ohio's wage gap for women 25 or older with a university degree ranks 19th in the nation - with these women earning 73cents on the dollar to their male counterparts. Ohio's wage gap for all working women aged 16 or older ranks 34th in the nation - with women earning 74cents on the dollar. You can look up information on all US states in the AAUW's interactive wage gap map.
Looking at the pay gap is a good way to see the intersection of sexism and racism. While White women earn less than White men, in general women of color - particularly Black and Latina women - fare much worse compared to men of other races and their own race.
NPR did a report yesterday on the pay gap, the history of legislation around the pay gap, and the impact of race on it (from which I've stolen this graphic):

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