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Pay equity is a means of eliminating sex and race discrimination in the wage-setting system. Many women and people of color are still segregated into a small number of jobs such as clerical, service workers, nurses and teachers.

Obama outlines rules for closing gender pay gap and giving women 'fair shot' “Women are not getting the fair shot that we believe every American deserves,” Barack Obama said on Friday as he outlined new rules to force US companies to disclose how much less they pay women for doing the same jobs as men.

Obama outlines rules for closing gender pay gap and giving women 'fair shot'

Obama said it was time for tough action to close the gender pay gap. Women still earn just 79 cents to every dollar paid to a man more than 50 years after the passing of the Equal Pay Act designed to stamp out gender pay discrimination. “We’re talking about folks doing the same job but being paid different,” the president said in a speech in White House. Pay Equity & Discrimination.

About Pay Equity & Discrimination Women are almost half of the workforce.

Pay Equity & Discrimination

They are the equal, if not main, breadwinner in four out of ten families. They receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Pay Equity & Discrimination. Why is the gender wage gap growing again? Oh yippee.

Why is the gender wage gap growing again?

The gender wage gap actually got bigger between 2014 and 2015, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research: The median weekly earnings for full-time work increased for both women and men during 2015, but the increase was more substantial for men than women. In 2015, the ratio of women’s to men’s median weekly full-time earnings was 81.1 percent, a decrease of 1.4 percentage points since 2014, when the ratio was 82.5 percent. [...] Obama pushes new equal pay rule, again tackling what Congress won't touch. It’s been seven years since the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first piece of legislation President Obama signed.

Obama pushes new equal pay rule, again tackling what Congress won't touch

That law was a small step toward equality, but the United States needs big steps, and Congress has (predictably) blocked that progress since. So Obama, who has been increasingly willing to do what he can to work around Congress, is taking that strategy to the push for equal pay: President Barack Obama will make his latest push to advance equal pay for women Friday, proposing a new rule that will require companies to report pay data by gender, race and ethnicity, the White House announced.The rule, which would apply to companies that have 100 or more employees, will require employers to include salary information on a form already submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that currently includes employees' sex and age.

Gillian Anderson’s equal pay fight: The “X-Files” star is not alone — even now, TV’s gender pay gap persists. It seems like a good time to be a woman on TV.

Gillian Anderson’s equal pay fight: The “X-Files” star is not alone — even now, TV’s gender pay gap persists

While the film industry has been routinely criticized over the past year for its gender pay gap—in which male actors far outearn their female costars—and systemic racial bias, the small screen is flourishing precisely because of its surfeit of female leads and show-runners and actors of color. But if 2015 marked TV’s Golden Era of Diversity—with the successes of “Scandal,” “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Empire” showing the way—its glory days may not be as flaxen as we’d like to think.

In a recent article for the Daily Beast, Gillian Anderson discussed her long road to being paid equally for her work alongside David Duchovny on “The X-Files,” the 1990s cult phenomenon. Think The Gender Pay Gap Is Smaller At Startups? Think Again. Startups are all about disrupting the status quo, right?

Think The Gender Pay Gap Is Smaller At Startups? Think Again.

Well, while that may be true in some ways, it’s certainly not the case when it comes to the gender pay gap. A new analysis of data from more than 2,300 startups and small businesses finds that women who work full-time at these companies make an average of 77 cents for ever dollar earned by their male counterparts. Gender pay gap closing partially because of men's declining wages, report says. Almost half of the progress made toward closing the gender pay gap since 1979 is not due to women’s gains in the workplace, but to men’s wages falling and the sharp rise in overall inequality, according to a grave new report released Wednesday.

Gender pay gap closing partially because of men's declining wages, report says

Women in the US have made lopsided advances in education, and they have entered the workforce in growing numbers and at higher-paying positions than before. But the researchers found that those strides only accounted for 60% of the reason why women’s compensation is approaching parity with men’s. The other 40% is the work of an illusion: as men’s wages are disproportionately hurt by globalization and the decline of unions, women have only appeared to catch up.

The analysis, from the left-of-center Economic Policy Institute, is the first effort to quantify the impact that 25 years of wage stagnation and growing inequality have had on American women’s wages as they caught up with men’s. Empowering Women, Tackling Income Inequality  Despite progress, wide gaps between women and men's economic empowerment and opportunity remain, which policymakers need to tackle urgently.

Empowering Women, Tackling Income Inequality 

In most countries, more men than women work, and they get paid more for similar work. Also, there are considerable gender gaps in access to education, health and finance in a number of countries. There is mounting evidence that the lack of gender equity imposes large economic costs as it hampers productivity and weighs on growth. Our new study analyzes the links between these two phenomena--inequality of income and that of gender. We find that gender inequality is strongly associated with income inequality across time and countries of all income groups. Gender and income inequality are linked. Where The Presidential Candidates Stand On Equal Pay. Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day by which women’s earnings catch up to what men earned in a single year last year, given that the gender wage gap means that women who work full-time, year-round made 78 percent of what men make.

Where The Presidential Candidates Stand On Equal Pay

It also comes as presidential hopefuls are announcing campaigns for 2016, so where do they all stand on this particular issue? CREDIT: Dylan Petrohilos/ThinkProgress Announced candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Closing Wage Gap. Wage Gap for Women of Color Persists, Fuels Poverty, New Study Finds. Truthout depends on you to continue producing grassroots journalism and disseminating conscientious visions for a brighter future.

Wage Gap for Women of Color Persists, Fuels Poverty, New Study Finds

Contribute now by clicking here! (Photo: Daniel Kulinski / Flickr)The United States may be closer than ever to a woman in charge of the White House, with Bill Clinton subtly proclaiming on Monday, “I hope we have a woman president in my lifetime.” But for women on the ground, giant disparities persist - and they have a color line.

The Stark Racial Divide In Pay For Restaurant Workers. At fine-dining places, white workers overwhelmingly fill jobs with the heftiest salaries, while Latinos, blacks and other minorities have jobs with pay closer to the poverty level, a study finds. iStockphoto hide caption itoggle caption iStockphoto At fine-dining places, white workers overwhelmingly fill jobs with the heftiest salaries, while Latinos, blacks and other minorities have jobs with pay closer to the poverty level, a study finds. iStockphoto In America's fine-dining restaurants, how much workers get paid is closely correlated to the color of their skin.

That's according to a new study from Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a labor advocacy group, with research support from the University of California, Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley. That pay disparity among different jobs is perhaps to be expected. Rather, it is a product of many factors that cannot easily be eliminated or addressed through policy and legislation — the way that safe working conditions or minimum wage can. National Committee on Pay Equity NCPE.