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When we look at the wage gap in 2020, women overall made 77 cents for every dollar men earn. (Equal Pay Today.) On October 29, Latinas, the last demographic census group of women, earned the same dollar a white non-Latinx male earned in December 2019, some 23 months prior, while Black women worked 20 months; Native American women, 21 months; Asian women, 14 months, to earn that dollar. (Ibid.) If we delve further, the wage gap for women with children widens, known as the motherhood penalty. (United Nations Progress of World’s Women 2015-2016 Report.) To eliminate the inequities of the wage gap between the sexes, progress needs to be made through labor policies that promote (1) equal access to paid work, (2) decent work, with social protection, (3) fair and adequate earnings, and (4) equal sharing of unpaid care work. (Ibid.)
The benefit of having labor laws and policies that support pay equity cannot be ignored. If women played an identical role to men in labor markets, the boost to the Gross Domestic Product by 2025 would be 28 trillion dollars. (United Nations Women Changing World of Work.) Wow!
A culture shift between the sexes that we can begin today to promote pay equity is Fair Play, the equal sharing of unpaid work. I hope you joined us today to hear from Eve Rodsky, New York Times best-selling author of Fair Play, on strategies to equalize the invisible workload that contributes to the wage gap. The game is far from over, read Fair Play, continue to advocate for Fair Play, Fair Day, Fair Pay, and join our Gender Equity Committee to get ready for Lawyers Club’s 2021 Equal Pay Day Rally in the spring.