Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Businesses Offer 20-Percent Discounts For Equal Pay Day

Businesses Offer 20-Percent Discounts For Equal Pay Day

Women are paid less than men when median annual salaries are averaged for all industries, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The date "symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year", the group had said. The new analysis shows IL ranks 28th in the largest "cents-on-the-dollar" gap in the nation.

The pay gap was lowest in NY, where women made 89 percent of what men made, and highest in Wyoming, where women made 64 cents on the dollar compared to men. This means that on average, women in the United States had to work all of 2016 plus this far into 2017 to catch up to what men earned past year.

"Equal pay is essential to the goal of gender equality", Sandberg says in a news release about the campaign.

The wage gap held true across the state but varied by region.

Small businesses across the country and the Bay Area will pass along the 20 percent discount on all purchases to all customers, men and women. It's the day to think about the pay equity issue.

The wage gap is even greater for minority women.

April 4 is "Equal Pay Day" and the organizations are hoping to draw attention to the inequities in compensation and give a boost to the Paycheck Fairness Act, which members of Congress were expected to reintroduce Tuesday.

The average woman in OH - including Dayton - is paid around 75 per cent of what her male counterpart gets paid.

Western New York Women's Foundation Executive Director, Shari Scavone says, in a civil society, wage discrimination is more than just not fair.

What that means is that Louisiana earn about $15,000 less than men for the same work. The women organizing at Michigan Tech. said it was important to educate university women about the issue before they head into the workforce. She says women sometimes face a double standard on pay negotiation, and usually are not expected to negotiate.

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