April 10th is Equal Pay Day, a reminder that a significant pay gap still exists between men and women in our country. April 10th marks how far into 2018 women would have to work to earn the same amount that men earned in 2017. On average in 2017, women were paid 22 percent less than men, after controlling for race and ethnicity, education, age, and location.
Even after extensive research has been done to show the gender pay gap exists (and persists), some skeptics refuse to believe the data. The infographic shows some of the most common criticisms of the gender wage gap and rebuts the “mansplainers” with data.
While April 10th is the overall Equal Pay Day, the gaps for women of color are even larger. As compared to white men, women of color have to work even further into 2018 to make up for the wage deficit they experienced in 2017. Black women’s equal pay day is August 7th, Native American women’s equal pay day is September 27th, and Latina equal pay day doesn’t come until November 1st, almost an entire second year of working to equal typical white male wages in 2017.
To close the gender pay gap, women need to see real wage growth faster than their male counterparts. The best type of narrowing occurs when both women and men see real annual wage growth. To see how much you could be earning in a more equal society, check out EPI’s Gender pay calculator.
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The gender wage gap is a big problem, and it’s not the only thing we have to worry about.
Most working people—women and men—have been hurt by skyrocketing inequality over the last 40 years. Take a look at the chart to see how.
How much did this growth of inequality affect your pay?
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If inequality hadn't risen and we closed the gender wage gap, you could be paid per year, and so could like you.
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That’s a raise of ! Although that's a pay cut for you, it's a raise of for those .
We need to change the rules so that a growing economy benefits all working people. Show me how.
Source: Economic Policy Institute | Methodology
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The gender wage gap compares the wages of men and women at the same point in the wage distribution for their age and education cohort. For example, a 30-year-old college-educated woman whose wages fall at the 47th percentile among 25–34-year-old college-educated women will be compared with the 47th-percentile wage of 25–34-year-old college-educated men.
Each cohort is identified by the following characteristics: Gender is defined as male and female; education is defined as college (college and/or advanced degree) and non-college (some college, high school diploma, or less than high school); and age groups are 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, and 55-64 (ages outside this range are included in the neighboring age group).
To predict wages if overall economic inequality had not increased since 1979 (i.e., if wages had kept up with productivity, as they did in the three decades after World War II), we apply productivity growth to 1979 demographic cohorts' overall wages.
To calculate where a person falls in the wage distribution, we use annualized hourly wages to create ventile cut-offs (5th percentile, 10th percentile, 15th percentile, etc.) within each cohort’s wage distribution, overall and by gender. Based on the user's salary, we find a percentile by linearly extrapolating between the ventile cut-offs. Since we annualize wages (multiplying hourly wages by 2,080), part-time workers will find the most appropriate comparison by inputting salary as if they are full time.
Data for calculator: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group (1979 and 2017)
Data for chart: The bottom line shows typical worker compensation (representing wages of production/nonsupervisory workers in the private sector from BLS Current Employment Statistics and benefits from the Bureau of Economic Analysis National Income and Product Accounts); top 1% line represents wages from Social Security Administration; net productivity data from EPI analysis of BLS Labor Productivity and Costs data.
Updated March 2018