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Yesterday we held an Equal Pay Rally to raise awareness that the average woman finally earned the same dollar men earned by December 31, 2020—in other words the average woman had to work 15 months for the same dollar men earned in just 12 months. A breakdown by ethnicity reveals that March 24 does not capture a diverse group of women. Asian American women, the first women to earn the dollar, did so on March 9 after working 15 months—African American women will work 20 months, Native American women will work 21 months and Latinx women will work 22 months.
The Global Gender Gap Report 2020 indicates that the Global Gender Gap score stands at 69%, which leaves a remaining gap to close of 34%. Looking at the United States, the Global Gender Gap Index 2020 ranks the US 53 out of 153 countries, with a remaining gap to close of 28%, having closed the gender gap by 72%. The top country to close its gap is Iceland by 82%.
It is disconcerting that in the 21st century, we still have to fight for gender parity, and it raises the question of when will gender parity be achieved? Unfortunately, it appears we have a long way to go. “Pre-COVID-19 crisis, the World Economic Forum predicted that at current rates of progress it will take 257 years to close the economic gender gap. Now, initial evidence is showing that the socio-economic implications of COVID-19 are impacting women disproportionately” creating the potential to widen the rate of progress and affirming that “taking a gender lens in the immediate crisis response and recovery policies will be critical to advance economic gender parity.”