Equal Pay Day: Women in Iowa make less than men across ethnicities

Some women wear red on this day as a symbol of how far women and minorities are "in the red" with their pay.

United Kingdom and Ireland CEO Tony Horrell said the company is trying to encourage more women to consider commercial property as a career. Data from the U.S. Census show the 2018 wage gap between women and men is about 20 percent.

Equality is at the very forefront of the issues facing women today. Tuesday, Equal Pay Day, takes place around the beginning of every April each year to symbolize how women in the US must work, on average, 15 months in order to earn the same amount of money as men do per year in the same jobs. In Arkansas, recent studies have found that women are paid around 78 cents for every dollar paid to men. For Hispanic women, it's even lower: 62.2 cents. And a Black Women's Equal Pay Day on August 7.

When it comes to wage disparity, women face unique obstacles, including a lack of paid family leave and subsidized child care, as well as discrimination in recruitment and hiring.

Myth #2: Women make less money because they don't negotiate well. "And that expectation really seems to be at the heart of the wage gap that exists in 2018".

In 2017, women were 21% more likely to achieve top performer status than men.

Occupations with the smallest wage gap for women are licensed practical nurse, wholesale and retail buyers, and counselors. Louisiana and Utah have the widest pay gap, with women making 70 cents for every $1 men earned. "Sixty-one percent of Americans are less likely to buy a product from a company that doesn't pay women fairly, and nearly a third will not apply to a company with a gender pay discrepancy".

My team and I are working tirelessly to make sure this vicious cycle of underpaying and undervaluing women ends. And though the gender pay gap has narrowed in the last half-century, there are still areas that need vast improvement if it's ever going to close for good. The 1963 Equal Pay Act made sex-based discrimination in pay illegal. In reality, experts contend that it will take a commitment from employers themselves to level the playing field. "By signing this executive order, we are taking action to say that this practice has no place in our city and taking a significant step towards closing the gender pay gap".

"If a company is committed to principles of pay equity, then they ask themselves questions like: Who is getting paid what?" We also commend Sen.


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