In the Battle of the Sexes, The Pay Gap Still Exists

Equal Pay Day — April 4th, this year — is the symbolic day when women’s pay finally “catches up” to the wages that men took home the previous year. The date represents the fact that women working full time, year-round in the United States typically are paid just 80 percent of what men are paid, or a gap of 20 percent. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) reports the gap as 22 percent. The statistics are worse for women of Color. The date lands in August for African American women, in September for Native American women, and in October for Latina women. The American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) report explains how the pay gap affects women of all ages, races, and education levels. Both reports by the EPI & AAUW refute some of the common explanations that attempt to account for and/or justify the reason for the pay gap. AAUW’s report also includes information on the pay gap related to disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity, and shows how the pay gap can also be calculated for each state.