Equal Pay Day 2016

Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor Women’s Bureau.

The Gender Wage Gap: Exploring the Evidence

Today we recognize Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the current year women must work to earn what men earned the previous year. Women still earn only 79 cents to the man’s dollar and women of color face a racial wage gap on top of the gender gap.

The Women’s Bureau, along with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Chief Evaluation Office are convening a research roundtable of three prominent researchers whose analysis has made important contributions to our understanding of the complex web of factors that influence women’s employment patterns, including those responsible for the gender wage gap. The session will be a data-driven, evidence-based examination of research on the gender wage gap, including the extent, trends and complex explanations around wage disparities between men and women, as well as the disparities we see across different groups of women workers.

Click here to watch it via livestream from 10:00am-12:00pm EDT


Interactive Map on Equal Pay and Pay Transparency Protections
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This new Equal Pay Map provides brief summaries of current federal and state level equal pay and pay transparency protections afforded to workers. The summaries include relevant legal protections, coverage and remedies.

Other features:

  • The map is color-coded to visually denote which states have state-level equal pay or pay transparency protections and which do not.
  • The map’s interactivity allows you to view equal pay or pay transparency protections.
  • The coverage and remedies are also listed in a table accompanying the map.
  • Click here to explore this new interactive map!


Wage Gap Infographic

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 10.13.31 AMDespite increased rates of educational attainment and labor force participation, the gender wage gap persists. To help explain why, the Women’s Bureau recently released a new infographic highlighting some of the major components of the gender wage gap. The graphic shares what the wage gap means, what has improved over the years and some of what needs to change to eliminate the remaining 21 percent.

To ensure the health of our economy and the economic security of our nation’s families, we must do more to eliminate the gender wage gap.

Click here to view the FULL wage gap infographic.