gender wage gap

Sexism in STEM fields takes many forms, including derogatory comments, stereotyping and harassment, opportunity gaps, and  biases about what women should look like. What’s more, women in these fields are paid less, promoted less, and have less access to prestigious work. Losing female talent in STEM is a detriment to research and innovation, especially because the supply of STEM cannot meet demands, and can lead to female customers being neglected by technological and social innovation.

Some organizations are trying to fix this issue.

What will it take to keep women from leaving STEM?


Bernie Sanders wants America to look a lot more like Scandinavia, the land of lingonberries, herring, tasteful minimalism, paid family leave and living wages for fast food workers. The newly declared presidential contender told George Stephanopoulos over the weekend that he wants to lead a “political revolution” and make the United States more like Sweden or Denmark when it comes to healthcare, education and the social safety net.

Scandinavia: the land of lingonberries, herring, living wages for fast food workers, and gender equality

But the wage gap varies significantly by race, according to an analysis from the research organization AAUW. While white women experienced that 78 percent figure, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women made 65 percent of what white men made in 2013, African-American women made 64 percent, American Indian and Alaska Native women made 59 percent, and Hispanic women made just 54 percent. Asian-American women are the only group doing better than white women, making 90 percent of white men’s earnings.

Woah, staggering.

While most statistics that are thrown around in regards to the gender wage gap don’t consider occupation, industry, and education, there is still a large percentage of the wage gap that goes unexplained once this is considered. By and large, women are paid less on the sole fact that they are women.

And for the men who complain, “BUT TEH MENZ HAEV TO PAY FOR DINNERZ” (no, actually, you don’t), let’s pretend that it was law that all men had to pay for their dates.

The unexplained wage gap that has a disparity of 10 cents per dollar is equal to $4,465 per year, or $156,275 over the course of a 35-year career.

Let me put that in other terms for you. With that extra money from the wage gap you can do the following:

-Pay for 700 steak dinners ($35/each)
-Pay for 1,000 IMAX theatre ticket ($16/each)
-Pay for 85 tickets to a broadway show ($85/each)
-Fly 3 times from NYC to Paris and spend a week each time at a 4-star hotel ($6,000/trip)
-Buy a 14K White gold diamond ring ($7,500)

And still have $48,000 to spend on whatever else you want.

So next time you complain about having to pay for a woman’s dinner (that you’re not obligated to pay) when the Wage Gap is discussed, sit yo ass down.

This Gay Teen Deserves An A+ For Her Feminist Yearbook Quote

“Twitter user @casualnosebleed shared a photo of a yearbook quote chosen by her close friend Caitlyn Cannon on Tuesday, and in just one day, the image was retweeted almost 4,000 times. In her Twitter bio, Cannon describes herself as a “feminist” and “really gay.” Her senior quote sums that up quite perfectly.

The quote reads: “I need feminism because I intend on marrying rich and I can’t do that if my wife and I are making .75 cent for every dollar a man makes.”

Cannon, a 17-year-old who just graduated from Oak Hills High School in California, said she found the quote on Tumblr and changed the parts that were written from a man’s perspective. She chose the quote because she wanted to leave something behind that was both different and true to herself.

“I was tired of seeing the same old quotes from popular books and movies and authors, and I wanted to call attention to a problem that women face,” she said in an email to The Huffington Post. “I’ve never really been ashamed to say that I am gay, so the LGBT aspect was simply who I am.”

Read the full piece here


Cannon describes herself as a “feminist” and “really gay.”  


“A few years ago, on one of my big-budget films, I found I was being paid 10 percent of what my male co-star was getting, and we were pretty even in status,” said Seyfried. The “Ted 2” declined to disclose which film she was referring to but has starred in a string of big blockbusters over the past few years, including “Dear John” and “Les Miserables.”

The “Ted 2” star joined other actresses in speaking out about the gender wage gap
Bradley Cooper says he'll start sharing salary information with female costars before movies go into production to help them negotiate
'I don't know where it's changing otherwise,' said Cooper.
By Jason Guerrasio

“After applauding Jennifer Lawrence’s essay about wage disparity between men and women in Hollywood that she wrote for Lena Dunham’s newsletter Lenny, Bradley Cooper says he wants to begin teaming up with his female costars to negotiate salaries before any film he’s interested in doing goes into production.

“I don’t know where it’s changing otherwise,” Cooper told Reuters of the Hollywood gender pay gap. “But that’s something that I could do.”

Cooper and Lawrence have starred together in numerous films, but following the Sony hack it was reveled that for their last film, “American Hustle,” Cooper was able to negotiate a higher salary than Lawrence was.

Cooper told Reuters that he was shocked to learn what he and Lawrence’s “American Hustle” costar Amy Adams earned for the film. He called it “embarrassing” and noted that she got paid “nothing.”

So Cooper believes the only way to end the gender pay gap is for he and his peers to start a dialogue.

“Usually you don’t talk about the financial stuff, you have people,” he told Reuters. “But you know what? It’s time to start doing that.”

Read the full piece here

The U.S. Is Beaten By 27 Other Countries When It Comes To Women’s Equality
While the world has made progress closing the gap between women and men in health, education, economic participation, and political empowerment over the last decade, the United States is not keeping up.

“The World Economic Forum (WEF) just released its 2015 Global Gender Gap report, which showed that the gap has dropped by 4 percent in the last ten years. While this marks progress, it could take another 118 years to completely close the gap. Gender equality will not be reached until the year 2133 at this rate.

Progress also isn’t even across the globe. Over those 10 years, Nordic countries have consistently been doing the most to close the gender gap. Iceland came in at number one over the past six years, followed by Norway, Finland and Sweden.

The United States, on the other hand, has actually moved backward. On the list of 145 countries, the United States has never broken into the top 15 countries with the lowest gender gap. Worse, it fell eight places over the last year, to a rank of 28 for overall gender equality. The authors of the study credit this fall to slightly “less perceived wage equality for similar work and changes in ministerial level positions.” Though the U.S. has nearly closed the gender gap in education and health, the largest gaps stills remain in labor force participation, wage equality for similar work, and political empowerment.

“There’s a strong correlation between economic and political empowerment: these two areas seem to reinforce one another, as women get ahead at work and seek better representation in politics; and as female politicians set policies to support women’s professional lives,” Ceri Parker, Associate Director and Commissioning Editor of Forum Blog at World Economic Forum, wrote in a blog post. “If we want a world with no gender gap, we need changes in policies, in business practices and in cultural attitudes.”

Read the full piece here

The United States, on the other hand, has actually moved backward. 

I was working on a feature film that went on to be number one at the box office

I was one of the very first PAs hired for the production office and regarded as one of the most reliable and hardworking. I was also one of the few girls. ¾ of the way through the production the payroll accountant came up to me and whispered that she’d single-handedly given me a pay raise because I was making $25-$50 a day less than every other PA on the production and she felt awful about it.
The Pay Gap Is Even Worse for Black Women, and That’s Everyone’s Problem
Would you like to work seven extra months for free just to earn the same paycheck as your male co-workers? We didn’t think so. Unfortunately, if you’re a black woman in the United States, that’s a likely reality. Read more »

“Black women were paid 64 percent of what non-Hispanic white men were paid in 2013. That means it takes the typical black woman nearly seven extra months to be paid what the average white man took home back on December 31. That’s even worse than the national pay gap for all women, 78 percent, as reported in AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap. Think about how that adds up in the course of a career, and we’re talking about losing a daunting chunk of change over a lifetime.

Watch our video on how the gender pay gap affects women of color.

What Can You Do?

  1. Get the facts and share them. The pay gap is no myth, and the more people are empowered with the data to back it up, the sooner we can close the gap.
  2. Watch and share our video on the faces we want to see on #TheNew10 bill.
  3. Urge Congress to raise the minimum wage — a move that will help all women and especially black women, who make up a disproportionate majority of these workers.

Read the full piece here

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Fox tried to pay Gillian Anderson ‘half’ of what David Duchovny received to return to The X-Files

On Sunday night, Fox will premiere the highly anticipated six-episode revival of The X-Files, with original stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny returning to their starring roles. But whatever mysteries The X-Files has in store, there’s one nagging question that keeps coming up: Why does Fox keep trying to pay Gillian Anderson less than her male costar?

Anderson first disclosed the pay gap, which she says was “half” what Duchovny was offered to return, in a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter. (According to their sources, Anderson was eventually successful in negotiating for equal pay.) She elaborated on the problem in The Daily Beast. “It was shocking to me, given all the work that I had done in the past to get us to be paid fairly,” she said. “I worked really hard toward that and finally got somewhere with it.”

“Even in interviews in the last few years, people have said to me, 'I can’t believe that happened, how did you feel about it, that is insane.’ And my response always was, 'That was then, this is now.’ And then it happened again! I don’t even know what to say about it.”

In the end, Anderson settled for saying “It is… sad” — though offensive, or infuriating, or completely insane would have worked just as well.