We’re not asking women to literally pay themselves back. That would be silly. Instead, the money raised goes to the National Women’s Law Center, a non-profit group fighting for equal pay through legislation, education and advocacy.
Your donations give NWLC the support it needs to end the insanity. From getting the Paycheck Fairness Act back on the Senate floor, to keeping pregnant women from being forced off the job, to putting an end to ridiculous scheduling practices.
Funding NWLC is our best bet for making equal pay a reality.
$108,762 The equivalent of a woman’s losses for 10 years.
Everybody who donated will be emailed a photo of Sarah's new willy...signed!
$435,049 The equivalent of a woman’s losses for her entire career.
We'll stage a pantsuit parade demanding equal pay.
$29,811,746,430,000 The equivalent of all working women’s losses over their entire careers.
We’ll personally deliver the money they’re owed in gold bullion.*
Some stuff you should know:
The wage gap exists across almost every occupation3:
In conclusion, this sh** is cray.
What the FAQ?
What is the NWLC wage gap figure?
The wage gap figure that NWLC reports at the national level comes from the Census Bureau and represents the median earnings of full-time, year-round women workers as a percentage of the median earnings of full-time, year-round male workers. In 2013, women working full time, year round were typically paid 78 percent of what their male counterparts were paid, leaving a gap of 22 percent.9
How did you get to $29,811,746,430,000?
A working woman typically loses $10,876 a year to the wage gap.10
Over the course of a 40-year career, that’s $435,049 (assuming the wage gap, which hasn’t changed in nearly a decade, stays constant over her career). Multiply that by the number of women in the workforce (almost 69 million), and you get $29,811,746,430,000. (Yes, we know not all those women will be in the paid workforce full time, year round throughout their careers—but who knows what they might do if they didn’t have all that discrimination to deal with. And women lose even more money if they take time out for unpaid caregiving.)
What factors contribute to the wage gap?
Good question. Complicated, but good. Here are a few discriminatory factors that play a role:
Lower Pay for the Same Job: Over and over, studies show that women continue to earn less than their male counterparts in virtually every job, even when they have the same qualifications and experience. Many cases of company-wide pay discrimination are further evidence of discrimination and the wage gap.
Job Valuation: Research shows that jobs mostly held by women often pay less precisely because women do them and women’s work is devalued.11
Caregiving: A study found that, when comparing equally qualified women candidates, women who were mothers were recommended for significantly lower starting salaries, were perceived as less competent, and were less likely to be recommended for hire than non-mothers.12
The effects for fathers in the study were just the opposite—fathers were actually recommended for significantly higher pay and were perceived as more committed to their jobs than non-fathers.
In addition, inadequate leave laws, unpredictable work schedules and discrimination against pregnant women also take a toll.
How does the wage gap affect women of color?
In 2013, African American women working full time, year round were paid only 64 cents, and Hispanic women only 56 cents, for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men—wage gaps that are wider than for women overall.13
Does the wage gap affect families?
Yes ma'am. In 2012, in nearly two-thirds of families (63 percent), a mother was either the breadwinner (a single working mother or a married mother bringing home as much or more than her husband) or a co-breadwinner (bringing home at least a quarter of the family’s earnings).14
When women’s wages are lowered due to gender discrimination, their families’ incomes are often significantly lowered as well. Do it for the kids, people.
How is NWLC helping close the wage gap?
Every day, NWLC is fighting to:
Strengthen our equal pay laws, so that women have the tools they need to fight back against pay discrimination.
Open doors to higher-wage jobs for women by removing barriers to entry into male-dominated fields.
Lift up the wages of women in low-wage jobs by raising the minimum wage and the tipped minimum wage.
Increase the availability of high-quality, affordable child care.
Help prevent and remedy caregiver and pregnancy discrimination against women workers.
Give women a say in their work schedules, so they can earn a living AND care for their families.
Your donations give them the support they need to close the gap.
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* We’re not asking women to literally pay themselves back. And of course we don’t expect to raise $29 trillion. Instead, the money goes to the National Women’s Law Center and will be used to fight for equal pay through legislation, education and advocacy.
NWLC calculations based on CPS, 2013 ASEC using Miriam King et al, "IPUMS, Current Population Survey: Version 3.0)", available at https://cps.ipums.org/cps/index.shtml. Mothers and fathers have at least one related child under 18 at home. Figures are median annual earnings for full time, year round workers in 2012.