This is a calling to all the women who work hard and take pride in their professional accomplishments. This week’s episode commemorates Equal Pay Day which took place on April 10th in the U.S. Advocacy should happen throughout the year, and you are accountable for your pay everyday. Listen to this episode to learn more about resources and tips to make sure you get your equal pay!
What is Equal Pay Day? It is a day meant to show how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. The actual day varies depending on the year and the country. Germany is another country who celebrates the day. It might seem that acknowledging that women are not being paid equally for equal work is no cause for celebration, but by spreading awareness of the issue then we can collectively and individually take action.
This year, the day took place on April 10th. And a new addition for this year, is laying out equal pay days by ethnicity. See below for the days:
February 22, 2018 Asian American women’s Equal Pay Day
April 10, 2018 All women’s Equal Pay Day
April 17, 2018 White women’s Equal Pay Day
August 7, 2018 Black women’s Equal Pay Day
September 27, 2018 Native women’s Equal Pay Day
November 1, 2018 Latinas’ Equal Pay Day
We referenced percentages on the episode and we obtained that data from the Vox article: The Gender and Racial Wage Gap
We talk about the American Association of University Women founded in 1881 and their mission to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Check them out for some good educational resources including how you can find out the gender pay gap in your state. The interactive map helps you find out the strength of the equal pay laws in the state of interest. We talked about the highest gaps:
- Louisiana- 70%
- Utah- 70%
- West Virginia- 72%
And where we have made some progress but are not there yet:
- New York- 89%
- California- 88%
- Florida- 87%
We go through our experiences and highlight actions so that you can take ownership for narrowing your pay gap. We cover the topics below and more. Make sure you listen to this episode!
- Take a negotiation course
- Do your research-Maddie- starts from the initial interview not even at the negotiating table- glassdoor; salary.com; etc
- Quantify your value