New census data shows no progress in closing wage gap
This Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau released 2011 income data revealing that women continue to earn only 77 cents, on average, to every dollar men earn, virtually unchanged over the last decade.The numbers are worse for black and Hispanic women, who make an average of 64 cents and an average of 55 cents, respectively, for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.
AAUW believes that equal pay for equal work is a simple matter of justice for women and as such has been at the forefront of research and advocacy on pay equity for many decades. The 2011 Census data demonstrates the need for Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act – use AAUW’s Two-Minute Activist Network to urge your elected officials to support the Paycheck Fairness Act and help us achieve pay equity nationwide.
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