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What is the gender pay gap and is it real?

In a new EPI report, lead author Elise Gould outlines the ways in which the gender wage gap is measured and shows that, even when adjusted for factors like education, experience, and race, women are paid less than men. The authors also point out that, while the gender wage gap has narrowed in recent years, much of that narrowing is due to declining men’s wages.

EVENTS

The gender pay gap is real: A 360-degree look at what it is and why it matters

On October 26th, EPI will host a panel discussion on how to address the gender pay gap and achieve more broadly shared prosperity. Panelists will also discuss how to provide a better infrastructure to help workers balance work and family. Join us in DC or watch the livestream.

BOOKS

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

In a new book, The Color of Law, EPI’s Richard Rothstein debunks the myth of “de facto” segregation—the idea that our neighborhoods remain segregated because of income differences, private prejudices, and the desires of blacks and whites to live with same race neighbors. He documents how federal, state, and local governments, with racially explicit intent, segregated American cities from San Francisco to Boston. Rothstein’s book demonstrates that government’s purposeful creation of American ghettos created the framework for conflicts in places like Ferguson, Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Charlotte. Pre-order The Color of Law today.

IN THE NEWS
Reuters
CBS Moneywatch coved EPI’s recent report on the gender pay gap, noting that typical women only earn about 83 cents for every dollar earned by men. | "The gender pay gap is real, and here’s who is hit hardest" »
Reuters
In a story about proposed right-to-work legislation in Virginia, the Washington Post cited EPI research, noting that wages are 3 percent lower in right-to-work states than other states. | "‘Right-to-work’ is hot election issue between unions, business in Va." »
Reuters
EPI’s Richard Rothstein wrote a column in Quartz about housing discrimination during the Great Recession. “Restoring the security of African-American middle class should be a priority for incoming administration.” | "All this talk of “inner cities” is missing a bigger problem affecting the African-American middle class" »
Reuters
In a story about racial wage disparities, The Atlantic cited EPI research, noting that even after controlling for education, region, and work experience, black men earned 22 percent less than white men working in the same occupations in 2015 | "About Those 79 Cents" »
Reuters
In a column about retirement, Peter Dunn of USA Today cited EPI research, writing, “The median retirement account balance for people who have any savings at all is $60,000.” | "Pete the Planner: Meeting retirement expectations requires action" »
From the EPI Blog
Julia Wolfe
Extending the $600 weekly unemployment boost would support millions of workers: See updated state unemployment data
David Cooper and Julia Wolfe
Cuts to the state and local public sector will disproportionately harm women and Black workers
Heidi Shierholz
Almost four months in, joblessness remains at historic levels: Congress must extend the extra $600 in UI benefits, which expires in a little more than two weeks
Elise Gould
Hires up, layoffs down but more economic pain is on the horizon: Policymakers must act in order to protect workers’ health and economic well-being
Elise Gould
What to watch on jobs day: A false start to the recovery
Heidi Shierholz
Nearly 11% of the workforce is out of work with no reasonable chance of getting called back to a prior job
Julia Wolfe
Expanded unemployment insurance continues to be a crucial lifeline for millions of workers: See updated state unemployment data
Josh Bivens
Cutting off the $600 boost to unemployment benefits would be both cruel and bad economics: New personal income data show just how steep the coming fiscal cliff will be
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