The Pay Gap

Equal Pay for Equal Work

Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into the year women will have to work in order to earn the same amount of pay that men earned the previous year. Since 1996, this day has served to raise public awareness of the gender pay gap between women and men. 

In recent years, the disparity has been further analyzed, and there are now Equal Pay Days for women of different ethnicities as well as the day for all women.

Equal Pay Days

Equal Pay Day for Latinas was November 2, 2017.

Native American Women's Equal Pay Day was September 25, 2017

July 31, 2017 was Black Women's Equal Pay Day. That means that for the average black woman to make the same amount of money the average man makes per year, she has to work that whole year, plus eight more months. Why are black women still held back? Learn more in our latest Equal Pay Day blog

April 4, 2017, was Equal Pay Day, and Catalyst hosted an (Un)Happy Hour on Twitter, asking four key questions:

1. Why should we care about the gender wage gap?
2. Why is the gender wage gap even worse for women of color?
3. What actions can employers/businesses take to help close the gender wage gap?
4. Are there any strategies that individuals can take to ensure equal pay?

The answers prompted a lively discussion, but April 4 shouldn't be the only day to pay attention to the pay gap, and the discussions sparked that day should continue until equal pay is achieved for everyone.  On April 12, Catalyst held a webinar about tools and best practices available to help organizations redefine leadership and end the pay gap. 

Asian American Pacific Islander Women's Equal Pay Day was March 7, 2017

Facts About Equal Pay

  • At every level of academic achievement, women’s earnings are less than men’s.

  • Women MBAs are paid, on average, $4,600 less in their first job than men MBAs.

  • Would you like to have $11,000 extra each year? That’s how much less US women are paid than men because of the wage gap.

  • Catalyst Quick Take: Women’s Earnings and Income

Ending the pay gap starts with taking action!

Catalyst has helpful information and handy tools on mentoring, sponsorship, hot jobs and maximizing potential to help your organization take steps to advance women to leadership positions and, potentially, end the pay gap. Organizations can take the following steps to closing the wage gap:

  • Conduct internal pay equity studies/analyses to make sure you don’t have a gender wage gap. Check out what Catalyst Award winners Gap Inc. and Telstra Corporation Limited did to bring about wage equity. 

  • Implement a “no negotiations” policy. Studies indicate when women negotiate for higher salaries, people react more negatively than they would towards a man asking for more money. 

  • Support pay transparency. Publish salaries or salary bands, along with explanations and discussions to ensure clear and open lines of communications.

  • Evaluate recruitment, promotion, and talent development systems for gender bias.

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