Although strides have been made over the past few decades to achieve pay equity for women and other protected classes of individuals, the facts (and the sentiment expressed in the above quote) make clear that there is still a ways to go.
Indeed, new numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that women’s weekly earnings in California average approximately 15% below those of similarly situated male workers. The gap equates to an approximate loss of $7,000 per woman annually— the largest it has been since 2002. In fact, the gender pay gap grew in 31 states and in Washington, D.C. Nationally, women’s wages dropped to 81.1% of men’s wages in 2015—down from 82.5% in 2014.
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