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Gender Wage Gap

You may have already heard that women in the United States make less money than their men; it’s often expressed as women earning an average of $0.77 or $0.80 for every $1 earned by a man.  However, averaging this figure leads to a pretty incomplete story.  The reality is that women of color earn significantly less money than both white men and their white female colleagues.  In fact, according to the National Women’s Law Center, African American women earn $0.63 for every dollar earned by a white man while Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women earn $0.59 and Latinas earn only $0.54.  What’s more, lesbian women often make less than men, women with disabilities earn less than their male colleagues, and transgender women make less after they transition. 

So what can we do about this glaringly discriminatory practice?  On the right side of this page, you’ll see a list of national organizations with which you can connect to learn more and take action.  Be sure to also do a search online, including on social media, to identify and partner with organizations doing work on wage gap issues in your state or your community.

However, while we continue to advocate, lobby, and act for fairer wages at a federal level, we also wanted to provide some resources here for how women can more effectively negotiate for salaries that match their skills and expertise.  Here are a few articles worth checking out:

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