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Advocates call for more salary transparency on Equal Pay Day

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Mae Harvey | 18 April, 2017, 03:04

So it's not so surprising that the first daughter would advocate for closing the pay gap on Equal Pay Day Tuesday, a holiday aimed at highlighting and closing the gap between men's and women's wages.

As a result, she says, the average social security benefit for retired women is about $4,000 less than it is for men of similar age. Des Moines Professionals, the city's local Lean In Circle - a global network of small peer support groups - and local business Wanderlust are participating in the campaign. Louisiana ladies are paid just 68 cents on the dollar for what men are paid. But, unfortunately, the pay gap is even greater for women of color.

With full-time working women earning just 75 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts, State Representatives Janine Boyd and Kent Smith recently introduced House Bill 138. Equal Pay Day marks how long into the next year a woman has to work to earn as much money as a man made in the previous year, based on those averages. Statewide, that amount decreases to 77 cents.

Some participants in the Equal Pay Day wore red to symbolize how far women and minorities are "in the red" with their pay. That's supposed to represent how far into the next workweek a woman has to work to earn a man's weekly pay.

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Last year, Equal Pay Day was nationally recognized on April 12. Data from a 2016 study illustrates that while white, non-Hispanic women make 83 centers for every dollar, Black women make 66 cents, and Hispanic women make 60 cents.

Women working construction only make 33% of the median earnings for men working the same job. The new regulations, which come into force Thursday, will affect roughly 9,000 firms employing more than 15 million people, nearly half the United Kingdom workforce.

It took until April 4, 2017 for women in the United States to earn as much money as men had earned in 2016, if you start counting both at the beginning of past year.

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