While the world celebrates progress on International Women’s Day, the gender pay gap is only getting bigger

Rachel Gillett, provided by Published 9:19 am, Thursday, March 8, 2018 Flickr/John Walker On International Women's Day, the world celebrates the ongoing movement for women's rights. But while some countries are making progress towards closing the gender pay gap, the rest of the world is seeing a bigger divide than ever. In just about every occupation in the US, women earn less than men. Globally, women earn on average 57% of what men earn. So how do we close the gender pay gap? Ultimately, it boils down to how flexible work is approached. The US Census Bureau's latest data indicates women earned 82% of what men earned in 2016. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), women earn about 57% of what men earn globally. The global gender pay gap is widening, and at the rate things are going, WEF predicts the economic gap between men and women won't be closed for another 217 years. But Claudia Goldin, a professor of economics at Harvard University who has spent years researching gender economics, said statistics citing annual earnings between male and female full-time, full-year workers don't tell the full story of what's causing the gender pay gap. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Standoff in Leon Springs extends 20 hours San Antonio Express-News BCSO: Shootouts ensue as man barricades self in home rigged with propane tanks San Antonio Express-News 2 injured in shooting at San Antonio neighborhood San Antonio Express-News San Antonio DWI crash FoxM9NJ Arrest made on mysterious death of Trinity University cheerleader's San Antonio Express-News Man confronts driver FoxM9NJ Family devastated after fire rips through newly purchased home San Antonio Express-News Neighbor shot at scene of car crash San Antonio Express-News Masked robbers who targeted SA corner store seen in surveillance San Antonio Express-News 3 inmates at large after escaping Bexar County Jail San Antonio Express-News Continue Reading

Canadian companies could soon be forced to list salaries in job postings in a bid to close the gender pay gap

World Canada Ontario Gender Equality Gender gap A Canadian province has introduced new legislation aimed at closing the wage gap between women and men.If passed, Ontario’s “pay transparency” bill will force companies to include a salary rate or range on any publicly advertised job posting. It would also ban employers from asking candidates about past compensation and bar companies from punishing employees for discussing how much they are paid.The new measures would also force large-scale employers to report any gaps in compensation to the province.  Keep up with this story and more by subscribing nowThe bill is the first of its kind to be tabled by a province in Canada, according to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. The Ontario government has said it will spend up to 50 million Canadian dollars (about $39 million) over the next three years on the new program. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne have both made themes of fairness and opportunity key parts of their platforms in elections. Ontario has introduced new legislation aimed at closing the wage gap between women and men. DON MACKINNON/AFP/Getty The pay transparency measures will begin with Ontario public service businesses before applying to employers with more than 500 employees. It will later extend to those with more than 250 workers.Today, Ontario becomes the first province to table pay transparency legislation, which will ensure all job postings include salary ranges, create Equal Pay Day and require companies to track and report on compensation gaps pic.twitter.com/Omcoig6arb— Kathleen Wynne (@Kathleen_Wynne) March 6, 2018 Wynne announced the legislation, named Then Now Next: Ontario’s Strategy for Women’s Economic Empowerment,” during a Women’s Empowerment Summit at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the city of Toronto. “We know that too many women still face systemic barriers to Continue Reading

While Iceland is the first country to outlaw the gender pay gap, the rest of the world is seeing a bigger divide than ever

Rachel Gillett, provided by Published 3:25 pm, Thursday, January 4, 2018 Clive Rose / Getty Images Despite efforts to close the gender wage gap, it's getting bigger. Women now earn on average 57% of what men earn globally. Some countries like Iceland and the UK have national initiatives aimed at increasing pay equality.  Financially, countries and the world would benefit from closing the gender pay gap. On January 1, Iceland became the first country in the world to pass legislation with real teeth outlawing the gender pay gap. According to Al Jazeera, companies and government agencies that employ more than 25 people must obtain a government certificate demonstrating pay parity, or else they will face fines. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing This tamale-making hack may change your next tamalada mysa Dog caught in middle of family's New Year's Eve fireworks mysa San Antonio child sings 'Remember Me' from Coco in heart-wrenching tribute to baby sister mysa Well-known San Antonio cook gunned down on his front porch, suspect at large mysa Man found dead in rollover wreck at busy S.A. intersection mysa Woman killed in fiery rollover crash on U.S. 281 mysa Video of San Antonio dad's Christmas hover board accident goes viral on social media mysa Summers enjoying trip home with TCU Bexar County identifies woman killed in deputy involved shooting Fox7 San Antonio hospital offers needed treatment for critically-ill man KRIV This isn't the first or only national initiative aimed at closing the wage gap. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), two thirds of OECD countries have introduced policies on pay equality, including requiring some employers to publish calculations every year showing the gender pay gap. Despite these initiatives, however, the global gender pay gap is widening. According to WEF's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, while men around the world earn on average $21,000 a Continue Reading

Wednesday Letters: We must continue to close the gender pay gap

PROTECTING ITEMS IN FLOODS A HANDY TIP I regret I didn’t share this tip before Hurricane Irma. But there will be another hurricane. And perhaps another flood, too. Many years ago, during a high water event on the Trout River, I realized that tarps — used upside down — are good protection to protect my furniture. I saved my couch by moving it out from the wall and spreading a tarp that was more than 6 feet wide — and longer than the couch — on the floor. Then I moved the couch on top of the tarp and wrapped it up like a Hershey’s kiss. I used bungee cords to pull up the corners and middle section, but I’m sure rope or duct tape would work just as well. The water rose over a foot during that nor’easter. But my couch emerged totally dry. It’s a great tip to keep in mind. Luann Bennett, Jacksonville ^ CORPORATE TAXES TOO BURDENSOME A recent letter writer stated that 83 percent of the tax cuts in President Donald Trump’s recently passed tax plan will go to “rich corporations.” But in order to pay corporate taxes, these rich corporations currently have four methods they can pursue: • They can hold down their other costs. But that means fewer employees, a higher unemployment rate and more government dependence (even though most people really want to work). • They can raise prices. • They can have less competitive export prices. But that means a higher trade imbalance and fewer American jobs and exports. • They pay out lower dividends, which in turn lead to lower stock prices. Remember, high corporate taxes are not our friend. In reality, they actually hurt us far more than help us. Bruce A. Fouraker, Mandarin GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS THEY PROTECT US It is stunning that President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress seem to keep looking for ways to wage war on regulations that protect safety, eliminate pollution, Continue Reading

The Average Woman Loses Over $10,000 Dollars Every Year to the Gender Pay Gap

We must just expect less of women. That’s really the only logical explanation for the historical persistence of the gender wage gap, despite women’s marked progress on social and legal equality. The “79-cents-on-the-dollar” figure remains infamously stubborn, but whether this is due to interpersonal bias, cultural perception, or economic oppression, the system just always seems rigged to leave women trailing behind. That sticky 20 percent wage gap has plateaued over the past decade. Since the early 1990s, in fact, it has only narrowed by about a dime on the dollar (ticking up from about 70 cents to 80 cents for each dollar men earn). At this rate, the gender wage gap will outlive the current generation of working women before the disparities even out, around 2059. There are even signs that the gap is widening. According to Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), “Controlling for inflation, women’s earnings increased by 0.9 percent, while men’s earnings increased by 2.6 percent since 2014.” In other words, the economy’s post-recession rebound has buoyed men up at the expense of a widening gender divide. The yearly wage gap between men and women amounts to an estimated $10,762 per worker (nearly $500 billion nationwide). This is roughly equal to a year of daycare services for a single mother in Pennsylvania. And about one-third of the average student-debt load she would leave college with. But some women are less equal than others: The 20-cent gap between genders is comparable to the 20-cent gap between black women’s and white women’s wages. And while Latinos and blacks generally earn less than whites or Asians earn, the gender wage gap is smaller within their respective populations. So among poorer racial groups, the gender gap, ironically, narrows at the bottom of the economic hierarchy. Bias plays out subtly in a workplace—getting repeatedly passed over for a promotion, being 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

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