AAUW Reacts to New Gender Wage Gap FigureSeptember 16, 2014
WASHINGTON — AAUW Vice President of Government Relations Lisa Maatz today issued the following statement in response to the findings from the just-released U.S. Census Bureau report, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2013.
We are disappointed but not surprised to see that the gender wage gap narrowed only slightly in 2013, leaving a gap that still undermines women’s and families’ efforts to make ends meet. The median earnings of women working full time, year-round in the United States in 2013 were just 78 percent of men’s earnings, compared with 77 percent in 2012 — a change that is not significantly different. We’ve seen throughout the lead-up to the 2014 midterm elections that voters care about equal pay, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Significant progress isn’t being made because current law simply isn’t strong enough. For African American and Hispanic women and for moms, the gap is even wider.
To make the kind of economic change that women and families need, we must have legislative victories. Last week, we saw the Senate agree to debate the Paycheck Fairness Act for the first time. Though the Senate failed to advance the bill on Monday, we’re going to hold elected officials to the promise of a conversation through our votes in the 2014 midterm elections and by keeping equal pay on the forefront of our representatives’ minds in the next Congress.
The gender pay gap will remain stuck — and will continue to prevent families from making ends meet — unless women voters speak up. We know that gender pay discrimination isn’t a myth; it’s math. And the wage gap isn’t just a number. It represents families scrambling to pay for food, gas, housing, education, and child care. In the next Congress, those families deserve more than just a floor debate. We need solutions, and we’ll demand action.
The report explains the pay gap in the United States; how it affects women of all ages, races, and education levels; and what you can do to close it.
These women have faced and fought against unfair pay in their own workplaces.
Changing the pay gap begins