YWCA Evansville

Economic Empowerment


Wage Gap
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 79 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 over $10,000 per year due to the wage gap.  

In Indiana women's pay doesn't even measure up to the national average. We are paid just 75 percent of men's pay. In fact, we have one of the largest wage gaps in the country, ranking 41st 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.

April 12th, 2016 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.

Employer Pay Equity Self-Audit

Pay Equity Facts

Other helpful links:

President Obama’s 2014 Equal Pay Day Proclamation

“Graduating to a Pay Gap” – AAUW Study

Learn about "Implicit Biases"

Closing the Wage Gap for Women of Color

Pay Equity by State

Indiana Pay Gap

The Wage Project

National Committee on Pay Equity

Increasing Women's 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.