Money Talks: Women, Wages, and the Workplace

According to research by the US Department of Labor, nearly 50 years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, on average women are still paid less than their male counterparts for doing comparable jobs – that’s called the pay gap. For the average working woman, the pay gap means $150 less in her weekly paycheck, $8,000 less at the end of the year, and $380,000 less over her lifetime. For women of color and women with disabilities, the disparity is even bigger.

On average, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. This significant gap is more than a statistic -- it has real life consequences. When women, who make up nearly half the workforce, bring home less money each day, it means they have less for the everyday needs of their families, and over a lifetime of work, far less savings for retirement.

Moreover, the gender pay gap can shortchange the average woman by a couple thousand dollars just one year out of college. And the damage only gets worse over the course of a career. Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women in the same work place be given equal pay for equal work, the "gender gap" in pay persists.

Decades of research shows that no matter how you evaluate the data, there remains a pay gap — even after factoring in the kind of work people do, or qualifications such as education and experience — and there is good evidence that discrimination contributes to the persistent pay disparity between men and women. In other words, pay discrimination is a real and persistent problem that continues to shortchange American women and their families.

CGU's The Power of She: A Feminist Resource Network, in connection with CGU's Student Success Center, and Career Development Director and expert Christine Kelly are offering a workshop that will inform and empower female graduates, mothers, and/or professional women to negotiate better salaries and benefits.

"By teaching women how to negotiate for equitable pay and appropriate benefits for both short- and long-term economic security, these programs allow women to take individual action to help diminish the unexplained wage gap." -The American Association of Women

In honor of Women's History Month, The Power of She will be providing free lunch and snacks! Please RSVP through Claremont Connect or to THEPOWEROFSHE@GMAIL.COM

  • maura.kennedy@cgu.edu

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