The YWCA of Evansville and other professional and community organizations are working to bring attention to the persistent and sizable gap between men’s and women’s wages. According to latest US Census Bureau on average, full-time working women earned 77 cents to every dollar earned by men. The gap is even worse for women of color. Over a lifetime of work this loss adds up, as women lose out on $9,575 per year and $434,000 in a lifetime due to the wage gap.
In Indiana women's pay doesn't even measure up to the national average. We are paid just 72 percent of men's pay. As a group, full-time working women in Indiana lose approximately $9,823,212,515 each year due to the wage gap. In fact, we have one of the largest wage gaps in the country, ranking 46th out of the 50 states. Women and our families are being shortchanged thousands of dollars a year and hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime.
In 2009, the number of women in the workforce exceeded the number of men, and more men than women lost jobs. With more families relying on women's paychecks for their livelihood, the US must address the wage gap for the sake of American families and their financial stability. Pay equity does not mandate across-the-board salaries for any occupation, nor does it tamper with supply and demand. It means that the criteria employers use to set wages must be gender and race neutral. Pay equity is also an effective anti-poverty strategy.
April 17th symbolizes the day when women’s wages catch up to men’s wages from the previous year. Every year in April, thousands of women’s, civil rights, labor, and community organizations come together for a national day of action promoting fair pay known as “Equal Pay Day”. Check out the links below for more materials on the wage gap.
Pay Equity Fact Sheet
Equal Pay Day Facts and How to Close the Gap
Pay Equity Timeline
Equal Pay Coupons
Increasing Womens Income
The YWCA supports initiatives to increase the income of women, including policies that raise the minimum wage, protect overtime, strengthen equal pay, maintain the earned income tax credit, oppose the privatization of social security, and expand non-traditional training for women from all socioeconomic and racial backgrounds
Affordable, Accessible Early Childhood Education
The YWCA supports quality, affordable and accessible early childhood education that assists adults in moving towards economic independence and provides children with culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate activities that enable children to succeed in school.