#7 Pay Up

“Pay Up” 
Mixed Media: Collage, pencil, watercolor

“Pay Up”

Women are STILL not being paid equally. Unequal pay hurts women. It hurts families. It hurts us all. Every woman deserves to get paid what they’re worth.

The gender pay gap is the gap between what men and women are paid. Most commonly, it refers to the median annual pay of all women who work full time and year-round, compared to the pay of a similar cohort of men. Other estimates of the gender pay gap are based on weekly or hourly earnings, or are specific to a particular group of women.

The gender pay gap is the result of many factors, including occupational segregation, bias against working mothers, and direct pay discrimination. Additionally, such things as racial bias, disability, access to education, and age come into play. Consequently, different groups of women experience very different gaps in pay. Native or Indigenous women earn 42% less, Hispanic or Latina women earn 47% less; Black women earn 39% less; White women earn 23% less; Asian women earn 15% less.

In 2017, the state with the largest gap was Louisiana, which had a gender pay ratio of 69%; the state with the smallest gap was California, with a gender pay ratio of 89%. (Oregon ranks 20th in the nation, with women being paid 18% less than men – a gender pay ration of 82%.)

The ten occupations where women collectively lose the most money include: financial managers, physicians and surgeons, retail supervisors,  registered nurses, marketing and sales managers, lawyers, chief executives, medical and health managers, and education administrators. In some occupations, women collectively are receiving billions less than they would if they were paid the same as men in that occupation. 

(Source: The American Association of University Women)

This is Protest Poster #7  from the collection “She’s Still Here”A collection of women’s protest art supporting the equal and human rights of folks from all walks of life, regardless of gender, race, origin, wealth, nationality, religion, ability, sexual orientation, identification or representation.

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