Based Beauty Company Joins Effort to Fight Gender Wage Gap

The gender wage gap is a nuanced and complex issue.

On average, the difference between being a working man in this country and being a working woman in this country is the difference between December 31 and April 10. "Women have to work 4 months more to earn the same by the end of the year", Lord said.

"But men in the room, Equal Pay Day is not only about women", Breese said.

But despite the incremental wins-and the high-profile voices and trending hashtags-the reality is that the gender wage gap in the United States has not recently shown signs of improving.

The study shows that women in Rhode Island and MA are making 82 cents to every dollar earned by their male counterparts. California law now prohibits employers from paying female employees less than men for equal work; protects employees' right to discuss wages with co-workers; prohibits retaliation against employees who seek to enforce the law; and prohibits employers from justifying a pay difference exclusively on the grounds of prior salary.

Last year, women made about 80 percent of what men earned, according to the Pew Research Center. Controlling for occupation, industry, education, experience and other factors that influence salary, the nation's gender pay gap is less than 3 cents, according to a PayScale survey of over 2 million people. The gap is now 68.3 percent, according to the task force.

Tennessee State Representative John Ray Clemmons has introduced equal-pay legislation every year since he was elected in 2014.

Van Pelt noted the pay gap is worse for women of color, with black women earning just 63 percent of what their white male counterparts are paid, and Latino women just 60 percent.

Despite having fewer than 250 staff, IntY has elected to publish its pay-gap data. White non-Hispanic women had paid off 37%, black women 9% and Hispanic or Latina women 3%. Social expansion of gender roles, as well as workplace nondiscrimination policies, have resulted in increased occupational integration, but occupational segregation continues to shape wage setting and pay equity. At one point it looked like the wage gap could be closed by 2059, but at the rate things are going now, it could be more like 2152. The national day of acknowledgement is held on a Tuesday as way to represent how far into the next work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week.

Among Warren's female staffers who were employed for all of 2016, only one woman earned a six-figure salary. Equal Pay Day is a reminder of how far we still have to go to achieve real equality.

  • Joey Payne