The commercial depicts a girl racing against boys in a soapbox derby while the voiceover makes an uncomplicated case that men and women should be valued equally. Seems like a pretty obvious thing to say. But of course, the ad has attracted a group of serious haters.
Tuesday has been declared Equal Pay for Latinas’ Day. Latina women make 54% of what white men earn. So Nov. 1 marks the date at which a Latina woman has finally caught up to what a white man made in the previous year. According to the AAUW, access to education and the types of jobs that women take account for a portion of the startling inequality, but not all of it.
A local Utah Republican official is in hot water after publishing a letter to the editor in a local paper warning that “equal pay for women has consequences.”
James Green, the vice chair of the Wasatch County GOP office, wrote the letter in response to Senate Bill 210 — legislation that would require employers to guarantee all workers equal pay for equal work.
Green worried that giving women their fair due would take wages out of men’s pockets and keep women away from the home.
Green issued a letter of apology on Thursday, reported on by a local Fox affiliate. Read more (2/17/17 11:18 AM)
“The pay gap does not affect all women the same way.”
Aug. 23 is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which marks the additional time it takes for black women to earn what white men earn in a year. To put it simply, it takes 20 months for a black woman to earn the same wages as a white man earns in 12.
According to the Center for American Progress, black women earn about 60% of what white men earn. The percentage is strikingly low in comparison to the 79% wage difference when grouping all women together.