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“Women’s work” and the gender pay gap

In a new report, EPI’s Elise Gould and Jessica Schieder examine why women are paid 79 cents for every dollar paid to men. Some claim this pay gap is not evidence of discrimination but is instead largely due to women entering lower-paid occupations. But as Gould and Schieder explain, occupational differences between women and men are themselves often affected by gender bias. In other words, even though women disproportionately enter lower-paid, female-dominated occupations, this decision is shaped by discrimination, societal norms, and other forces beyond women’s control.

 

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Dianne Stewart joins EPI as Director of EARN and Network Engagement

EPI is pleased to announce that Dianne Stewart is joining the staff as the Director of EARN and Network Engagement. Stewart will work to nurture relationships between EPI and local, state, and national organizations and networks to maximize the impact on policy. “I am excited to join EARN partners in expanding and enhancing their efforts,” Stewart said. “EARN has an impressive track record, most recently as key players in efforts to raise the minimum wage across the country. These state leaders are well-positioned to press for changes that will shift the balance of economic benefits in America.”

 

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NPR’s “Marketplace” covered EPI’s recent report on the gender pay gap, noting that even when women begin to take over an occupation, such as home health assistants, average pay in the occupation goes down. | "New report traces the gender pay gap from birth to the C-suite" »
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The Huffington Post quoted EPI’s Elise Gould on how employers could close the gender pay gap. “A company can look at their policies, but the vast majority are not. That’s an easy solution but it’s not happening.” | "Earning Less Money Isn’t A Choice That Women Just Make" »
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Fortune covered EPI’s recent Economic Snapshot on CEO pay, noting that CEOs are pulling away in the income race and leaving everyone else behind. | "This One Chart Shows How Obscene CEO Pay Has Become" »
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The Baltimore Sun quoted EPI’s David Cooper on Baltimore’s proposed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15. “Just because this policy is not going to eliminate Baltimore's poverty problem doesn't mean it's not a good thing to do.” | "Baltimore City Council divided over $15 minimum wage" »
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Mic cited EPI’s study on the rising cost of child care, noting that child care costs exceeded rent in 500 out of the 618 regions examined in the study. | "Why Is the Cost of Childcare Rising While Workers’ Wages Are Dropping?" »
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