As we wrap up Women's History Month, we want to shed light on a significant issue for women in the workforce — the gender pay gap.
Last Wednesday, March 24, 2021, was Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day was started by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 to bring awareness to wage differences between men and women. The date, which varies from year to year, signifies how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Currently, on average, all women working full-time, year-round, earn 82 cents per every dollar paid to men. Think that doesn't sound significant? The discrepancy for equal pay is even more significant for Black, Native American, and Latina women, with their dates projected in August, September, and October, respectively. According to CNN, a woman who starts her career today will lose, on average, $406,280 to the pay gap in her lifetime.
So it's not just enough to recognize the pay gap on Equal Pay Day; we must take steps to close the gap and support women in the workforce. Here are some ways you can help:
The pursuit of equity for women in the workforce requires education, advocacy, and policy change. At GrasshoppHer, we believe in fair and inclusive workplaces for all.