Campaign Updates

common sense: equal pay for equal work

Apr 02, 2019

Today is Equal Pay Day — the date the average woman must work into the following year to earn what her male colleague earned in the previous year.

Women make up half the workforce in the United States, yet on average women are paid only 80¢ to the dollar that their male counterparts earned.

Breaking the stats down by demographic is revealing of institutional discrimination, for example, women of color face compared to white men:

  • Latinx women: 53¢ to the dollar, their Equal Pay Day averages at November 20.
  • Native American women: 58¢ to the dollar, their Equal Pay Day averages at September 23.
  • Black women: 61¢ to the dollar, their Equal Pay Day averages at August 22.
  • White women: 77¢ to the dollar, their Equal Pay Day averages at April 19.
  • Asian-American women: 85¢ to the dollar, their Equal Pay Day averages at March 5.

Progress is being made. 2018 research by Pew showed a “narrowing, but persistent, gender gap in pay.” Last week in Congress, we passed historic and long-overdue legislation for paycheck fairness.

I am a committed advocate for equity, economic opportunity, and transparency. It is incumbent on men to do more, particularly those in positions of leadership.

Harley