Ask Catalyst Express: The Gender Pay GapAug 26, 2019
The gender pay gap is a global challenge created by issues affecting pay equity and pay parity. Pay equity means equal pay for work of equal value. Pay parity means that there are equal numbers of women and men represented at each pay level across the organization. Both pay equity and pay parity need to be addressed to close the gap.
The pay gap affects all women, although women from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups experience the largest gap. Older women, the definition of which varies by country, also experience a greater gap. Some governments have introduced and passed legislation to try and close the gender pay gap, such as pay transparency requirements, the prohibition of salary history disclosures, and wage or salary reporting by gender—all with varying degrees of success. While these efforts have been shown to narrow the gender pay gap, it takes a holistic organizational approach to close the gap and keep it closed.
Progress has been slow. It’s time to make good on the promise of pay equity and parity. And it’s time to build inclusive workplaces where women and men are given equal chances to succeed and earn equal pay for equal work.
Catalyst Resources on The Pay Gap
- Employers: Fix the Pay Gap, or You’ll Be Left Behind
- No, Black Women Still Don’t Earn The Same As Their White Peers. Here’s Why.
- 5 Ways to Close the Gender Pay Gap
- 10 Big Issues Women Face at Work and What Leaders Can Do to Help
- Gap Inc.—Women and Opportunity Supporter Exclusive (see also: Japanese translation)
“Gap Inc. also believes strongly in gender pay equality and in paying people based on the work they do and the value they bring to the company. Gap Inc. became the first Fortune 500 company in the United States to publicly disclose and validate that it pays women and men equally for equal work.”
“Thanks to Gap Inc.’s long-standing commitment to inclusion, between 2007 and 2015, women’s representation at the Vice President level increased globally from 44.0% to 49.7%. In the United States, representation of women of color increased from 28.0% to 34.4% among all employees and from 20.4% to 23.9% among store managers, managers, and senior managers. At the most senior leadership level—those reporting to the CEO—women’s representation has gone from 33.0% to 77.0%, and women of color comprise four out of the 10 women.”
- Telstra Corporation Limited—Next Generation Gender Diversity: Accelerating Change for Women Leaders Supporter Exclusive
“Since 2007, Telstra has conducted companywide, comprehensive reviews to close the gender pay gap, while still rewarding all employees equally on the basis of experience and performance.”
“Next Generation Gender Diversity has delivered solid increases for women leaders at Telstra and in the community: for women in the pipeline (general managers, area managers, and managers), total share of promotions grew steadily from 29% in 2006 to 41% in 2009. Representation of women on the CEO Leadership Team increased from 6% to 31%, and the number of women corporate officers has grown from 31% to 35% during that same time period.”
- Avon: “The Company for Women” Continues to Put Women First
“In 2014, the company launched its Global Women’s Strategy, the culmination of a year-long, data-centered effort to better understand how it was faring as an employer from the perspective of women employees. The result was a strategy, applied across 11 geographies covering over 70% of the workforce to date, that redoubled Avon’s efforts to support women across several key action areas: benefits, flexible work, talent development, and pay equity.”
- Break the Cycle—HR Experts: Eliminating Gender Bias From the Recruitment Process
- My Career Toolkit: Pay Equity and Finance
- Catalyst, “Equal Pay Day 2019,” YouTube video, 0:31, posted by “Catalyst Clips,” April 1, 2019.
Other Resources on The Pay Gap
Overview and Statistics
- Equal Pay American Association of University Women (AAUW)
- The Pay Check (podcast) Bloomberg
- Gender Wage Gap The Conference Board of Canada
- Gender Pay Gap Statistics Eurostat
- Pay Equity and Discrimination Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)
- Pay Equity Information National Committee on Pay Equity
- Equal Pay & The Wage Gap National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)
- Gender Wage Gap Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- The Narrowing, but Persistent, Gender Gap in Pay Pew Research Center
- The State of the Gender Pay Gap 2019 PayScale
- Closing the Gender Pay Gap SHRM
Methodologies and Practices
- UK – Gender Pay Gap Toolkit 1 – Understanding Your Gender Pay Gap BITC
- How to Analyze Your Gender Pay Gap: An Employer’s Guide Glass Door
- Employer Leadership to Advance Equal Pay: Examples of Promising Practices National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)
- Your Pay Equity Guide: How to Cultivate Equality at Work PayScale
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