Chelsea Clinton joins Public Advocate Letitia James’ push for gender pay equity in New York City

She may not be running for office, but Chelsea Clinton is partnering up with Public Advocate Letitia James to take on the issue of gender pay equity in the city. Clinton joined James at a roundtable on the issue on Thursday, where the public advocate announced she expects the City Council to pass her legislation banning employers from asking for salary histories — something she says often hurts women the most. "Being underpaid once should not condemn you to a lifetime of inequity," James said. James called the former first daughter her "BFF" and Clinton — who has repeatedly professed her love for the public advocate on Twitter — returned the sentiment. "I am so grateful to live in a city that continues to recognize what an amazing, fierce advocate we have in Tish James," Clinton said. "It makes me additionally proud to be a New Yorker." The roundtable included dozens of women who offered up their stories of fighting discrimination in the workplace, being underpaid compared to men, and talking about how to convince the public that equal and fair pay is an issue that matters to everyone. Clinton argued that although every woman in the room knows equal pay is in everyone's economic interest, collecting data is key to making the argument. "It's important to have an evidence base, so that we are making an argument to people who aren't in this room that this is not just about justice — but it's also about economic empowerment and ensuring that women have economic agency," Clinton said. And sharing stories can help women to know that they aren't the only ones who might be underpaid. "One of the things that we heard from people going through their introductions was the need for women to know their rights," Clinton said, "but it's also important for women to know that they are not alone." She cited efforts abroad to work toward equal pay, including pay transparency legislation that's being Continue Reading

After U.S. Open win, Serena Williams calls out gender pay gap in sports

Serena Williams took aim at the gender pay gap in sports, saying Saturday it should be a priority in women's tennis. "It's going to take time," Williams said after disposing of Johanna Larsson, 6-2, 6-1, in the third round of the Open. "But I'm willing to work on it." Tennis is often lauded as the gold standard for pay equity because the pot is split evenly for Grand Slam tournaments. However, smaller tournaments often pay out the men at a larger scale. Williams tops the career earnings list for women at about $90 million. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic has earned about $12 million more in a shorter career. Still, the discrepancy in tennis is much less offensive than in other sports like basketball and soccer. "It's such a big difference," Williams said. "It's about taking it one step at a time. Tennis players were really fortunate to have pioneers like Billie Jean King and really take a stance for women in tennis. I fell like we got really, really fortunate to have that. So now we're able to benefit and still preach the message and have an easier time. Just hopefully that can work out for other females as well." Williams started this conversation after a question about being regarded as the greatest female athlete, as opposed to just the best athlete. "I definitely think there is a difference between the way male and female athletes are treated," she said. "I also believe that as a woman we have still a lot to do and a lot to be going forward. "I think tennis has made huge, huge improvements. We just have to keep that motto going for all other female sports." *** After dropping two of the first three sets, men’s No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka escaped with a five-set win over unseeded Brit Daniel Evans, coming back to win a fourth-set tiebreak and ultimately surviving in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (6,) 7-6 (8,) 6-2 decision. Wawrinka will play Illya Marchenko, who won after Nick Kyrgios retired after the third set. During the 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

HS Students Use Bake Sale to Highlight the Gender Pay Gap

Students at a Utah high school came up with an interesting way to highlight the gender pay gap. The Young Democrats Club at Jordan High School in Salt Lake City were trying to highlight the pay gap between men and women by charging boys more money for the cookies they sold.  They used the price discrepancy to demonstrate the statistic that on average, women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Boys who purchased cookies were charged $1.00, while girls were only charged 77 cents.  The club's president, Kari Schott, said that she doesn't think it's fair that she could get paid less in her future career because of her gender.  Some students bought the cookies to show their support, but others gave the group negative reactions in person and on social media.  "A lot of people were angry, they would try to get into fights with me," Schott told The Salt Lake Tribune. Despite being called sexist by some students, Schott said that she's really proud of what the group did. The club raised about $150 in the two-day sale. Continue Reading

HBO’s ‘Insecure’ breakout Yvonne Orji on sex scenes, representation and the gender pay gap

NEW YORK — For Yvonne Orji, shooting Insecure is a lot like sex-ed class. In HBO's hit comedy (Sundays, 10:30 ET/PT), the Nigerian-American actress plays the sexually liberated Molly, a recovering serial dater and confidante to awkward best friend Issa (series creator Issa Rae). But in reality, Orji, a devout Christian, is staying celibate until marriage, a topic she covered in her recent TEDx talk, "The wait is sexy." Oftentimes while shooting sex scenes, "By the grace of God, we have such an open discourse on set and I think everyone’s kind of aware — not of my limitations — but just when I see things written, I'm like, 'I'm not familiar with this position. How is this done?' Because my mind goes from zero to 100," Orji laughs. "It’s so funny when someone’s like, 'For someone who hasn’t had sex, you play this character very well.' I’m just like, 'If you only knew. I’m under sheets, wrapped like a mummy.' Thankfully on our show, the guys do all the work."But Molly is wading out of the dating pool in Insecure's second season, which has hit ratings highs this summer behind Game of Thrones and Ballers. Instead, the successful lawyer prioritizes self-improvement, turning down her most promising prospective boyfriend, Lionel (guest star Sterling K. Brown), in last week's episode as she tries to figure out what exactly she wants out of relationships. "Since Season 1 ended, Molly realized, 'Maybe I move too fast. Maybe I need therapy,' " says Orji, 33. "He was a season too late, but I also think Molly is just trying to do things differently and take things slower."Molly also came to another painful realization professionally, when she accidentally received the paycheck of a white male co-worker at her high-powered Los Angeles law firm and discovered he was paid more. Depicting her character's struggle to speak up and get what she deserves is important, 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

Stacey Dash blames women’s ‘excuses’ for gender pay gap during heated debate with Meredith Vieira

A pretty face is no "excuse" for not knowing the facts. Stacey Dash was hit hard with questions about the gender pay gap during an interview on "The Meredith Vieira Show" airing Wednesday. When presented with statistics and data, the actress and Fox News contributor shot down the notion that women are simply not being paid as much as men due to discrimination. "I feel like it's an excuse. It's the same thing with race. It's an excuse. Stop making excuses," the "Clueless" actress said. "If there are opportunities, seize them and be prepared for them, and be the best, if that's what it takes. If you have to be extraordinary, then be extraordinary." Vieira responded to the facts and figures saying, "I feel like we're fighting an uphill battle. When you look at just the numbers, we make 78 cents for every dollar that a man makes. "At the rate we're going, my daughter, who's 22, will be 65 when there's finally pay equality," she continued. "There's something wrong, something clearly wrong. I don't know that it's just us not taking responsibility. We're not given the opportunity." The audience applause caused Dash to pause before saying, "I don't know if that's true." "That's true," Vieira insisted. "That's documented." Meredith Vieira said, ‘I’m not saying I’m a victim. I’m pissed off,’ after Stacey Dash said she takes her ‘destiny’ in her own hands when it comes to equal pay. "No, I know that the numbers are true, but I feel like your daughter will be able to make as much money as she wants in her life just like you are," Dash said not backing down. Vieira explained the long road to her success and how for "many years I was not being paid the same as the guys." "And you think that's because you're a woman?" Dash asked. Their heated debate continued as the 61-year-old host said she felt her gender had a lot to do with the pay gap she and so many women experience today before 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