Published: Wed, April 05, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

The Pay Gap Costs Women $840 Billion Every Year

There are 4.6 million women who work in occupations with poverty-level wages, almost three times as many as the 1.5 million men who do, the organization said in a statement on Equal Pay Day on April 4, a date to highlight the gender wage gap around the country.

Equal Pay Day was created to spark a conversation and advocate for equal pay for women. Elizabeth Warren's (D., Mass.) is almost 10 percent wider than the national average, meaning women in the Massachusetts Democrat's office will have to wait longer than most women across the country to recognize Equal Pay Day...

In the USA women make 80 cents for every dollar paid to men but in Utah it's 71 cents for every dollar men make. We also need to be mindful about how we explain the sources of the gender pay gap, and avoid suggesting women aren't working as hard as men. First, Pew found that 54% of women believe that gender discrimination is a "major reason" for the pay gap.

Yet the public should reject the exhausted logic of the feminist movement that seems intent on denying that women ever make any progress and convincing the next generation of women that America is overwhelmingly sexist and they are doomed to being consistently shortchanged.

The Pew Research Center said in an article posted Monday that while the gender pay gap has narrowed since 1980, especially among younger workers, in 2015 women earned 83 percent of what men earned in an analysis of median hourly earnings of full-time and part-time workers.

It is equal pay day.

Women actually do better than men in several occupations including as media producers and directors, cleaners of vehicles and equipment, wholesale and retail buyers and transportation security screeners.

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The staggering number of women earning these low wages is only expected to increase until 2024, when one in six of all jobs will be considered low-wage women's work, according to the report.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro speaking in April 2014 during a news conference in Washington, mark Equal Pay Day. Conversely, all but one of the least remunerative majors - mainly majors that lead to work in the caring professions - are dominated by women. "Kentucky women lose a combined total of more than $9.2 billion every year. almost 218,000 Kentucky households headed by women, 36 percent of which are in poverty". For example, the margin of error in the wage gap for law enforcement is more or less 12 cents.

It can be incredibly intimidating to take the step to negotiate a salary, and there is certainly a chance you will be told no, but it's so important for women to be able to stand up for themselves and tell their employers that they are worth as much as their male peers.

"I'm on that site all the damn time trying to learn as much information as possible", she says. And again, these families deserve it. Hopefully, these amusing memes and pictures about Equal Pay Day will help lighten the mood about this touchy subject.

Catherine Crosby of Dayton Human Relations Council said all that missing money can add up to thousands of dollars per year.

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