Breaking News: Men Still Cash In on Pay Gap

April 11, 2016

According to AAUW’s latest research, women working full time, year-round are paid only 79 cents for every dollar men are paid. Like the news anchor in this video, women would have to work 21 percent longer to make up the difference. That’s why, each year, AAUW recognizes Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when women’s earnings catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. In 2016, Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 12.

Our top story: The gender pay gap costs a typical woman at least $500,000 over the course of her career.

With $500,000, you could buy a house (or two) or earn a college degree from one of the nation’s elite institutions. Half a million dollars could buy this private island in Nicaragua or your own private concert with Lorde or John Legend. Twice. But for most working families, luxuries are beside the point. Because of the gender pay gap, women are more likely to live in poverty, struggle with the burden of student debt, and experience economic insecurity in retirement.

In-depth: The pay gap is often worse for women of color.

The pay gap between white men and Latinas

April’s Equal Pay Day and 79 cents don’t tell the whole story. AAUW’s research shows that Asian American women make 90 percent of what white men make. Think that 90 percent is better than 79 percent? Remember: It’s still less! How would you like to give up 10 percent of your salary? The equal pay day for Asian American women was March 15.

African American women are typically paid 63 percent of what white men are paid. Their 2016 equal pay day is August 23.

American Indian and Alaska Native women are paid 59 percent of what white men are paid. For Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, that number is 62 percent. To make up the difference, these women would have to work until September 14, 2016.

Latina women face the largest gap, making 54 percent of white men’s earnings. That means they’d have to work almost an entire extra year — all the way until November 1, 2016 — to make up the difference from 2015.

This just in: You can fight for fair pay.

AAUW recognizes all of these equal pay days because we know the gender pay gap is a complex problem that affects different women differently. To fix a multifaceted problem, we need multifaceted solutions. And you can take action — right now — to help make the gender pay gap old news.

1. Share this video. Your friends and families need to hear the news about the gender pay gap. So tag them when you share this post on social media, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.

2. Tell elected officials to fight for fair pay. AAUW’s nationwide network of activists, members, and supporters are advancing critical fair pay legislation — both at the federal level and in your statehouse. Sign up for AAUW’s Action Network, and join the fight for fair pay.

3. Learn how to negotiate your salary. While we work to raise awareness and push reforms, real money could be left on the table every time we don’t negotiate our salaries. AAUW’s salary negotiation programs give students and working women the tools and trainings they need to advocate for their economic security — and for their families. Find a workshop near you today.


Ryan Burwinkel By:   |   April 11, 2016