Today is Equal Pay Day — it’s the day that women catch up with men on earnings from 2013. In other words, a 23 percent gender wage gap is why we are so far behind, according to the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
The AAUW has been around since 1881. Fair pay champion Lilly Ledbetter, age 75, sued Goodyear in 1979, according to Wikipedia, for paying her thousands less than her male counterparts. The lawsuit landed in the Supreme Court — which denied her claim because she didn’t file suit in 180 days from her first paycheck. She retired in 1998, and Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, but Ledbetter noted that the inequality of pay impacted more than her annual salary. It affected her retirement, 401(k) and Social security.
From Huffington Post: Some states are better off than others when it comes to the wage gap. Washington, D.C., is the best place for pay equity — women are paid 90 percent of what men are paid (as of 2012). Wyoming is the worst state — women earn 64 percent of what men earn. Here’s a link to an informative story on Forbes.
The local AAUW group will host an event April 9 at Erie Insurance Group Auditorium, E. Sixth and French St. at 7 p.m. The program will discuss the gender pay gap and Lilly Ledbetter’s fight for fair pay.
Also from AAUW:
How to Negotiate Your Salary
How Does Race Affect the Gender Wage Gap?
AAUW Targets Members of Congress for Equal Pay Day Action
7 Women Shortchanged: Personal Stories of the Gender Pay Gap
3 Reasons Why You Should Negotiate Your Salary
AAUW Research Reveals New Dimensions to the Gender Pay Gap in Advance of Equal Pay Day
The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (2014)
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one. She has written about real estate, home design and home interiors for more than 20 years.