In the first quarter of 2018, the data shows that women are earning on average 81 cents for every $1 men earn. Reasons for the gender wage gap are multi-faceted: discrimination in pay, recruitment, job assignment, and promotion; lower earnings in occupations mainly done by women; and motherhood. It is estimated that women's earnings drop 20 percent compared to men after the birth of their first child and stay lower over the long run.
If the improvements continue at the same slow pace that they have been over the past 50 years, it will take 41 years for women to finally reach pay parity. For women of color, the gap is even bigger, and at this rate parity would take up to 215 years.
While we continue to fight for better legislation at the federal level, some US cities like Salt Lake City, New York, Tempe, and Boston are have made commitments to close the gap locally. All-of-us must make sure that other cities follow in their footsteps.
1 Call or email your Mayor’s office and find out what your City is doing to close the gender pay gap. Advocate for your city to follow in the footsteps of cities like Salt Lake City, New York, Tempe, and Boston.