Texas Democrats Statement on Equal Pay Day 2017

Posted April 05, 2017

Almost a quarter of women (23%) feel men are paid more for the same role while just 44% of women feel both genders receive equal pay, compared to 58% of men.

The biggest gender pay gap is among personal financial advisers where women make 61.3 percent of what their male counterparts earn, according to BLS data. His bill requires employers to pay employees equal wages for jobs that require equal skill, effort and responsibility and are performed under similar working conditions.

In the United States, women are paid about 20% less than men. The numbers for what black men earn as compared to white women and women of color are likewise revealing.

"Hopefully what it does for employers - particularly those males that are in that are in leadership positions who can potentially look at what the wage gap is in their organization - it causes them to take pause and say: "Wait a minute, let me make sure that I'm valuing the women and the skill sets and the diversity that they bring to the organization", Crosby said. And when a researcher performed an experiment in which women could negotiate on behalf of a friend, they won salaries equal to those of men, but won $7,000 less when negotiating on their own behalf. Black women make 66 cents per dollar, while Hispanic women make 60 cents per dollar. "Black women earn 68% and Latina women earn 62% of the full-time weekly pay of a white man".

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Although progress has been made in narrowing the wage gap, it's estimated the problem won't be completely erased for another century.

Women make up 57 percent of the work force. But for women of color that picture is still dismal as we represent less than 3-4% of those professions.

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.

"3 years ago, Obama introduced more protections for women in the workplace".