Infographic: How Sexist Employers Are STILL Paying Women Less
It may be Equal Pay Day but the paychecks don’t seem to be reflecting it.
The gender wage gap persists and women make, on average, $0.77 for every dollar a man makes.
For women of color, the situation is even worse: African-American women make $0.62 on the dollar, and Latinas make $0.54.
That’s $437,000 over a woman’s lifetime that she’s earned, but not bringing home to her family.
Despite the landmark Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, there’s still a major loophole in labor laws that allows companies to ban their employees from discussing their wages, thus making it difficult to identify and fix wage discrimination.
Recently introduced to Congress, the Paycheck Fairness Act would close this loophole.
“It is not a women’s issue. It is an economic issue for families,” says the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. “We have had real opposition to the bill. There is a lack of belief that this exists.”
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