Iceland Demolishes Gender Pay Gap, Bernie Sanders Wants US To Follow

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) was all praise for Iceland after it passed a law making it illegal to pay men more than women for doing the same job. After the law came into effect in the Nordic country Monday, Sanders called upon the United States to follow in that country's footstep and took to Facebook to express his views. In his post Wednesday night, Sanders wrote, “We must follow the example of our brothers and sisters in Iceland and demand equal pay for equal work now, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality. As we fight back Republican efforts to revert women’s rights to second-class, it is important to not lose sight that our real goal is to move forward and expand women’s rights.” Replying to the FB post, user Jon Gwynne pointed out that the U.S. has a similar provision but which is hardly followed. He wrote, “Sorry but…no. The US Equal Pay Act of 1963 has this beat by more than 50 years – No employer having employees subject to any provisions of this section [section 206 of title 29 of the United States Code] shall discriminate, within any establishment in which such employees are employed, between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to employees in such establishment at a rate less than the rate at which he pays wages to employees of the opposite sex in such establishment for equal work on jobs.” Sanders also tweeted on the subject, mentioning “in the United States in 2016, black women made 62.5 cents on the dollar compared to white men and hispanic women made 54.4 cents,”  terming the whole thing a “disgrace.” Christina Sommers, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, lauded Sander's initiative but explained that the pay difference was due to various factors, including the choice women make in terms of “college major, profession, and specialities." Twitter users Brett Ruiz said that the U.S. has a law Continue Reading

Citing gender pay gap, Catt Sadler exits E! network

Indiana University and Martinsville High School alum Catt Sadler walked away from her high-profile TV job Tuesday, and she blamed a “massive disparity in pay” when compared to a male colleague at the E! network.Sadler, who worked locally more than a decade ago on the “Fox 59 a.m.” and “Hoosier Millionaire” shows, detailed her reasons for resigning in a post at her website“When E reached out to renew and extend my deal, I learned (a male co-host) wasn't just making a little more than I was. In fact, he was making close to double my salary for the past several years,” Sadler wrote. 2018 preview: David Letterman and Taylor Swift have big plans 'The Voice': Indiana singer Addison Agen earns runner-up honors Hoosier women fall back: Indiana gender wage gap is one of the worst in the country According to, Jason Kennedy is the male co-host at the heart of Sadler's gender pay gap complaint.Sadler’s 2017 duties at E! Included hosting two-hour daytime show “Daily Pop” and frequent shifts on evening show “E! News.” Hired by E! In 2006 (with a start date the same week Ryan Seacrest arrived at the network), Sadler reported from multiple editions of the Academy Awards and the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Princess Catherine.E! hired Kennedy in 2005. He and Sadler co-hosted Tuesday’s episodes of “E! News” at 7 and 10:30 p.m.“How can I operate with integrity,” Sadler wrote at her website, “and stay on at E if they’re not willing to pay me the same as him? Or at least come close? How can I accept an offer that shows they do not value my contributions and paralleled dedication all these years?  How can I not echo the actions of my heroes and stand for what is right no matter what the cost? How can I remain silent when my rights under the law have been violated?”She vowed to find new Continue Reading

Female stars call on BBC to ‘act now’ to close gender pay gap

LONDON (Reuters) - Some of the most high-profile female presenters at the BBC called on the head of Britain's public broadcaster on Sunday to "act now" to address a gender pay gap that sees it pay its top male star five times more than its best-paid female presenter.Reaching 95 percent of British adults every week and a global audience of 372 million, the BBC is a prized national asset but faces intense scrutiny over spending as its funding comes from a fee levied on TV viewers.Its list of on-air employees earning at least 150,000 pounds ($195,555) numbered 96 people, two-thirds of them men, most earning more than women doing similar work."You have said that you will "sort" the gender pay gap by 2020, but the BBC has known about the pay disparity for years. We all want to go on the record to call upon you to act now," more than 40 women wrote to the BBC's director general, Tony Hall.The BBC had not wanted to disclose information which it said would make it easier for rival broadcasters to poach talent, but bowed last week to the government's demand to publish the salaries of its highest earners. (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Toby Chopra)(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2017. Click For Restrictions Continue Reading

Café charges male customers ‘man tax’ to reflect gender pay gap

House rule number one: men pay more. A vegan cafe in Australia is making headlines for charging its male customers 18 percent more than it does female patrons. Handsome Her, which opened its door for the first time on Thursday, refers to the higher charge as a "man tax." Belle Ngien, the cafe's manager, told CNN that they decided to charge guys a slightly higher price than women because of the gender wage gap. In 2016, full-time working men in Australia earn an average 17.7 percent more than women, a government report found. According to a Pew Research Center analysis, women in the U.S. earned 83 percent of what men earned in 2015.  "All we really wanted was to raise awareness and start conversations about the gender pay gap," Ngien said. "18 percent is actually not a lot. Our coffee is $4, and 18 percent of that is 72 cents." Men are warned about Handsome Her's "man tax" as soon as they entire the cafe with a list of house rules. "Men will be charged an 18% premium to reflect the gender pay gap (2016) which is donated to a women's service," the list reads. Other rules include women getting priority seating and reminding visitors that "respect goes both ways." While Handsome Her's approach to opening up the discussion about pay inequality has made some social media users piping hot, others are praising the cafe. "We've had men travel across town to visit us and pay 'the man tax' and throw some extra in the donation jar," owner Alex O'Brien posted on Facebook. "Guys, you're pretty neat." Continue Reading

Gender pay gap in Trump White House is even bigger than initially reported, new study shows

The White House gender pay gap is even bigger than you think. Last week the media jumped on newly-released payroll data and reported that women earn on average 20% less than men in the Trump White House. Turns out, that gap is actually 37%, according to a new analysis done by economist Mark Perry, from the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. Many news outlets calculated a 20% pay gap by comparing the average salary for women ($84,500) against the average salary for men ($105,000), Perry said. But that was the wrong calculation, the conservative economist added. The correct measure compares the median salary for White House women ($72,600) against the median salary ($115,000) for White House men, Perry said. That reveals a pay disparity nearly twice as large as initially reported, the economist added. “To be as statistically accurate as possible, almost all reports on pay differences by gender compare median wages, income, or salaries and not differences in average (mean) pay,” he said. “Based on median salaries, the typical female staffer in Trump’s White House earns 63.2 cents per $1 earned by a typical male staffer,” Perry concluded. His analysis of the payroll data turned over to Congress by the Trump administration on June 1 also included the following observations: * There are 374 staffers at the Trump White House who are paid employees: 176 women (47.1%) and 198 men (52.9%). * Of the 176 women working at the Trump White House, half of them (88) make more than about $72,650 and half (88) make less than that median salary. For men, half of them (99 out of 198) make less than $115,000 and the other half (99) make more than $115,000. From a statistical standpoint, it’s those median salaries that would most accurately reflect what a typical female staffer at the White House is paid compared to what a Continue Reading

Women working for NYC make 18% less than men; Public Advocate Letitia James calls for fixing the gender pay gap

Women working for the city have a gender pay gap three times larger than those in private sector jobs, Public Advocate Letitia James charged in a new report. James’ analysis found women with city government jobs make 18% less than men - compared to 6% for jobs at private for-profit companies, and 7% at private non-profits. U.S. WOMEN GET  $2M AFTER GERMANY's MEN GET $35M “There is simply no excuse for women to be paid less than men,” James said. “The very government that is supposed to protect our equal rights is the worst culprit of them all.” The report didn’t determine why city government has a pronounced wage gap, but found that male and female workers are concentrated in different city agencies - the Department of Education and Administration for Children’s Services have 77% and 73% women employees, respectively, while the Fire and Sanitation Departments are both 91% male. Overall in the city, women make 91 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gap that isn’t as high as it is nationally because of a group of high-paid women in the financial industry. The lower wages add up: women in the city earn $5.8 billion less than men each year, according to the report. The pay gap gets worse when race is taken into account. White women make 84 cents on the dollar compared to white men, while black women make 55 cents for every dollar paid to white men, Hispanic women make 46 cents, and Asian women make 63 cents. That disparity for black women is nine points worse than it is nationally, while it’s eight point larger for Hispanic women and 23 points larger for Asians. James is calling for a new city policy banning agencies from asking job applicants about their prior salaries, a practice that is believed to keep women on lower salary tracks throughout their career. She’s recommending private employers adopt the same tactic. The wage gap for city workers dates back to Continue Reading

Phoenix takes on gender pay gap

When Phoenix City Councilwoman Kate Gallego thinks about the wage gap between men and women in the city, her mind quickly turns to ZIP code 85040.In that struggling pocket of her south-Phoenix district, the pay disparity between sexes could mean the difference between a man having enough to cover his family's bills while a single mother does not, Gallego fears.A single, working mother in the area typically earns about 78 cents for every dollar a single father earns, or $22,400 versus $28,700, according to a 2013 estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau.Both salaries fall far below Maricopa County's median household income of about $53,596, but Gallego said she can't help but notice the disparity is worse for women in low-income areas. Countywide, women earn about 83 cents for every dollar a man earns. LAST YEAR: Phoenix leaders seek equal pay for female workers"Small gains in compensation could make life substantially easier," she said, noting the inequity is most striking for racial minorities. "I believe the equal-pay gap is real and is something we can address."Gallego and a task force of experts on women's issues are pushing a proposal to fight the compensation gap between men and women in Phoenix, the nation's sixth-largest city, by suggesting changes to its non-discrimination ordinance and increasing education efforts.Their proposal wouldn't create new regulations. Instead, it would make explicit that city rules mirror federal law on the issue.While the pay gap between men and women in Arizona is smaller than in many other states — women in the state, on average, earn 82 cents for every dollar a man does, compared with 77 cents on the dollar nationally — there are areas, such as communities with large minority populations, where the inequity is more apparent.Women's advocacy groups say that disparity adds up over time, and a typical woman working full time earns hundreds of thousands of dollars less over her career.What portion of that pay gap can Continue Reading

SAMUELSON: What’s the real gender pay gap?

WASHINGTON — The gender pay gap is back in the news — and may become a major issue in the presidential campaign. It seems an open-and-shut case of job discrimination. Women earn only 79 percent of men’s average hourly earnings. Who could favor that?Actually, the comparison is bogus. A more accurate ratio, after adjusting for differences in gender employment patterns, is closer to 92 percent. Even the remaining gap of 8 percentage points may not stem fully from discrimination.What’s worth recalling (especially for anyone under 40) is that the floodtide of women into the labor force represents one of the great social and economic upheavals of the post-World War II era. In the early postwar years, gender roles were stark. Once women married, they stayed home and took care of the kids. In 1947, women’s labor force participation rate was 32 percent. Female college graduates were a tiny minority, and few women were doctors, lawyers, accountants, newspaper reporters, policemen or business managersThis world is unrecognizable today. By 2013, women’s labor-force participation rate had nearly doubled to 57 percent. Women also earned 57 percent of the bachelors’ degrees in 2011 and half the Ph.D.s and first professional degrees. Women’s entry into some occupations has been huge. In 2014, there were 251,000 female lawyers (34 percent of the total), 284,000 doctors (37 percent) and 134,000 marketing analysts (61 percent), reports the Labor Department.The vast transformation had many sources: the spread of household appliances (washers, dryers, dishwashers, microwave ovens), which saved time; the advent of the birth control pill, which made it easier for couples to plan pregnancies; the opening of college to more women, which expanded job opportunities; and the rise of feminism, which challenged prevailing stereotypes.Of course, not all conflict has vanished. There has been resistance from some male-dominated job bastions. Continue Reading

Careers with the biggest gender pay gap

If nothing else, the uproar over comments about men's and women's earnings in professional tennis drives home the fact that a gender pay gap stubbornly persists.Women in the U.S. earn less than 80 cents for every dollar a man takes home, and comments by Novak Djokovic and Raymond Moore, former tournament director at Indian Wells, suggest that some men believe equal pay may not always be appropriate. The overall gender pay gap also reflects the fact that women often work in lower-paying industries, or have shorter tenure in their jobs, among other differences.Now the jobs site has analyzed what happens to the gender pay gap after adjusting for attributes like age and education, and comparing men and women in the same occupations. It turns out that the gap shrinks — but does not disappear. MedicinePay for those in health care varies widely, from orderlies and aides to rock star surgeons. And to some extent, pay gaps exist because of who pursues which medical fields.Among doctors, for example, only 37% of anesthesiologists, a highly compensated specialty, are women, but women account for 71% of pediatricians, who are among the lowest paid.The Glassdoor study looked at the pay gap for all health-care workers. The result: Even adjusting for training, skill level, experience, and the like, men still earn 7.2% more than women. MORE:  Don't pay that medical bill...yet MORE:  6 things you need to know about credit reports MORE:  How to beat the spike in gas prices InsuranceThe insurance industry is heavily male, and that is one reason it was tied for the highest pay gap, at 7.2%, said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor."Men determine pay and promotions" in the field, for the most part, he said. MiningMetals and mining is a rugged industry, and that may account for the high concentration of men. As with insurance, the predominance of men likely helps to push the pay gap Continue Reading

Women lose more than $530K over lifetimes because of gender pay gap: study

The gender gap is a money pit. A working woman loses more than a half-million dollars over her lifetime because of reduced wages due to their gender, a new study revealed. And it’s worse for college-educated women, who earn $800,000 less over their lifetimes than equally qualified men. "When you see the impact over a lifetime, it is really quite striking," says Cynthia Hess, who directed the "Status of Women in the States" study for the Institute for Women's Policy Research. The main finding: Female employees born in the 1950s who worked full-time, year-round missed out on more than $530,000 by age 59. Also in the state-by-state report: Women in New York have the smallest pay gap. They make about 88 cents for every dollar earned by their male peers. In Louisiana, with the widest wage gap, women earn 67 cents to every dollar pocketed by working men.   The gender pay gap won't close nationally until 2058 — and not until 2159 in Wyoming — if progress continues at its current pace.   Washington, D.C. was the best place for working ladies, thanks to the highest annual salaries — an average of $60,000 — and lots of manager-level positions.   West Virginia was the worst state for women because it has the second-highest wage gap and fewest females in the labor force. Continue Reading