Pay Equity in The News

No One Plays the Game Like Billie Jean King
​Source: Glamour
Even in our “evolved,” modern era, King talks about money in a way that’s liable to make some women cringe—frequently, shamelessly, and without apology. Halfway through our interview, she interrupts the conversation to lean into the camera and ask if we think we’re being paid fairly. Do we know what our male counterparts make? Did we negotiate for more when we took our jobs? “Are you getting the same? Or not?”

'I think women need to talk about money a lot more and want to make a lot of money,” she says. “People have to invest in women. And I don’t mean just women investing in women; I mean everyone. If you help make it right for women, you’ll make the world a better place.'”

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The Food Writer and Video Star Who Refused to Be Tokenized
​Source: Mother Jones
"The Food Writer and Video Star Who Refused to Be Tokenized
"So most of the people on the Test Kitchen team started sharing, including what their compensation was. We saw there was a jaw-dropping difference between what the white members were making versus non-white members. I remember looking at those numbers and literally just being in shock, because I feel like I am privileged enough to have a number of steady gigs that pay the bills. I wasn’t dependent on video to pay the bills. But seeing how much I could have been paid was just so shocking. It was so disheartening."
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More than 860,000 women dropped out of the labor force in September, according to new report

​Source: CNBC
"Between August and September, nearly 1.1 million workers ages 20 and over dropped out of the labor force, meaning they are no longer working or looking for work. Of those workers, 865,000 of them were women, a number that is four times higher than the 216,000 men who also left the workforce, according to a National Women’s Law Center analysis."

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A Decade’s Worth of Progress for Working Women Evaporated Overnight

​Source: Bloomberg Businessweek
"Men have not been spared, but preliminary research suggests women have been impacted disproportionately.”
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Equal Pay Day for Black women is today, August 13th. There's a reason for that

Source: CNN Business
"For Black women, they find themselves sitting at the intersection of gender and racial discrimination, and when those things are combined you'll see a bigger discrepancy in things like pay...”
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New Women’s Soccer Team, Founded by Women, Will Press Equal Pay Cause
Source: New York Times
"The owners decided on a mission before approaching the league, then consulted members of the U.S. women’s national team and their players association to better understand the needs of women’s pros. The mission was clear from the start, said Uhrman, the club’s president: “Champions on and off the field.”

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Wage gap robs Black women in D.C. of almost $2 million over lifetime, analysis finds
Source: Washington Post
"In the nation’s capital, a Black woman makes 51 cents for every dollar a White man makes.
The lost cents add up over every paycheck and every year of a woman’s life. Over the course of a 40-year career, a Black woman in the District is estimated to lose $1.98 million because of the wage gap, according to an analysis by the National Women’s Law Center. That means a Black woman would need to work until age 98 to make what a White man made by age 60."
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A Century After Women Gained the Right To Vote, Majority of Americans See Work To Do on Gender Equality
Source: Pew Research Center
"When those who say it is important for women to have equal rights with men are asked what a society with gender equality might look like, about half give examples that focus on equality in the workplace: 45% specifically say equal pay, 19% cite no discrimination in hiring and promotion, 5% say men and women getting equal respect in the workplace, and 2% say better paid leave and paternity and maternity support are things they would expect to see in a society where women have equal rights with men."
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The gender pay gap that no one is paying attention to

"We found a gender gap for equity-based awards ranging from 15% to 30% – even after controlling for the typical reasons that women tend to earn less than men, such as differences in occupation and length of service at a company."

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Will Facebook’s salary-by-location move set precedent for tech?
Source: Financial Times
"Facebook — which employs nearly 50,000 full-time employees worldwide — suggests the move is simply an extension of current practice. “We have always used a market-based approach to compensation, meaning that we pay in line with the common market practice in each location where we operate. This is our current practice, and has been for years. It applies to all workers, including remote workers,” a Facebook spokesperson says."

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During the coronavirus crisis, equal pay is more important than ever
Source: Fortune
"Every spring, the United States observes Equal Pay Day, the date that marks the number of extra months into the new year that women must work in order to earn what men brought in the previous year. Amid the global coronavirus and economic crisis, it could be easy for 2020’s marker of the gender pay gap to fall by the wayside. But, experts argue, that would be a mistake."

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Can Transparency Laws Fix the Gender Wage Gap?
Source: Harvard Business Review
"On balance, the findings from our study suggest that large-scale adoption of pay transparency does have the potential to reduce gender differences in pay.  Though our analysis is limited to relatively high-paid faculty in public universities, we believe that it is possible that wider adoption of transparency laws could bring about broader change in social norms that favor gender equality, and indirectly affect the pay gap (even in organizations that aren’t required to disclose salaries)."

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How to address pay equity during coronavirus
Source: Mercer
"The COVID-19 pandemic has created ambiguity for some organizations over whether to stay the course on their regular pay equity assessments and resulting remediation actions. To date, all of the companies Mercer works with to promote equity are continuing their work; however, many organizations are questioning whether and how their focus on pay equity can hold up, as they face a new imperative to focus on operational issues and cost containment or reduction."
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Research: Gender Pay Gaps Shrink When Companies Are Required to Disclose Them
Source: Harvard Business Review
"Government-mandated reporting of gender pay discrepancies has been a subject of much debate in the last 5-10 years. Those arguing for legislation to require such reporting say that it will help to address the persistent gender wage gap. Opponents insist that not only is that unlikely; it will also increase companies’ administrative burden and decrease profits. Until recently there has been no strong evidence to support either side."
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Salary History Bans
Source: HRDive
"State and local governments are increasingly adopting laws and regulations that prohibit employers from requesting salary history information from job applicants."
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Why Companies’ Attempts to Close the Gender Pay Gap Often Fail
Source: Harvard Business Review
"Gender pay equity has become a big point of contention at many companies. Not only have politicians and other public figures spoken out against the gender pay gap, but there has also been a rising tide of high profile lawsuits targeting major employers, most notably in the U.S., with all the bad publicity and financial liability they entail."
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Want to Close the Pay Gap? Pay Transparency Will Help
Source: The New York Times 
"Here’s what we know about salary transparency: Workers are more motivated when salaries are transparent. They work harder, they’re more productive, and they’re better at collaborating with colleagues. Across the board, pay transparency seems to be a good thing.​"
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Women Are Asking To Be Paid What They're Worth — So Why Aren't They Getting It?
Source: Bustle
​"If you're a woman with a full-time job, you've probably had this nugget of advice thrown your way: women make less money than men because they don't ask for more."
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