Explaining The Gender Pay Gap

Policies we support, including paid maternal leave, can help close it.

Everything You Need To Know For Equal Pay Day

Today is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day marking the point at which women’s earnings have finally caught up to what to men earned in 2014. According to the latest data, full-time year-round working women earn 78 cents for every dollar a full-time year-round working man earns. The pay gap is even worse for Latina and African American women: African American women earn just 64 cents for every dollar a white man makes, and Latina women earn just 54 cents.

There’s a lot of confusion about these numbers. What do they mean? Where do they come from? To answer these questions, the Center for American Progress has an excellent 3-minute explainer video on the pay gap: click here to watch!

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In addition, CAP has put together social media graphics that share some key facts and drive home the importance of why we need to demand equal pay for equal work. Take a minute to share them with your networks!


Unfortunately, the slate of current Republican presidential hopefuls has a terrible record on equal pay. All of the current or prospective GOP candidates have taken steps to undermine laws requiring equal pay for equal work.

Be sure to check out these other important resources on equal pay:

BOTTOM LINE: Women earn 78 cents to the dollar, and it’s even less for Latina and African American women. Systemic issues lead to this gap, and policies we support, including paid maternal leave and other measures that support women and families, can help close it. It’s long past time for equal pay for equal work.

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