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Equal Pay Day Reminds Us the Wage Gap Still Exists -- Big Time

March was Women’s History Month, which gave us a chance to shine the spotlight on some of the amazing women business owners in our community and beyondOn April 10th, we acknowledge Equal Pay Day*. The date itself is a somber reminder of the significant gender-based pay-gap in the United States, since the date marks how far into 2018 a woman needs to work to earn what a man was paid in 2017. Based on 2016 U.S. Census data, women make 80 cents for every dollar a man earns, and moms earn even less -- 70 cents for every dollar paid to a dad.

 

The bad news gets even worse when we consider ethnicity, with African-American women averaging 63 cents on the dollar, Native American women bringing in 57 cents and Latinas getting only 54 cents for every dollar earned by a white, non-Hispanic man. Asian-American women average only 87 cents.

 

These grim statistics got us wondering:

  

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Thanks for sharing your experiences in the space below.

 

(*There’s a stand-alone Equal Pay Day for women in each demographic, including one for moms. Here’s the schedule for all the Equal Pay Days in 2018.)

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Equal Pay Day Reminds Us the Wage Gap Still Exists -- Big Time

I read this article recently on Artsy about a survey revealing the wage gap between men and women working in the arts -- nearly $20,000. The study did find, however:

 

"...working in the arts offers some benefits to women not found in other fields, specifically for mothers. Generally, research shows that having a child as a woman incurs what is known as a “motherhood penalty.” Mothers typically make less money than women without kids. But when focusing on the arts, this study found no such career disadvantage. By way of explanation, the authors point to the flexibility of artistic careers, which are characterized by “project-based labor markets and periods of self-employment.”

 

Which is not news to self-employed folks, especially women, many of whom start working for themselves because they had children - so maybe that evidence is a bit more corrollary than causal.  What do you think, QB Community? 

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