Sometimes it takes dynamite to level a playing field. We brought the matches.
For every $1.00 a white man makes, on average:
Asian women make $0.85.
White women make $0.77.
Black women make $0.61.
Native women make $0.58.
Latina women make $0.53.
For every dollar a dad makes, mom makes $0.69.
Women entrepreneurs who apply for bank loans receive about 31% less money than their male peers.
60% of the time, men are offered more money for the same role, at the same company.
61% of the time, women ask for lower salaries than men.
41% of companies only interview men for a particular role.
Women, ask for more money during the hiring process–this more than anything else is the determining factor of how much you’ll earn on a job. Don’t be afraid to ask men their salary range, and prepared with rebuttals such as scheduling, experience, education or contacts. If possible, get a 6-month (not annual) salary review built into your contract.
Men, share hard facts on your compensation with your female coworkers. Keeping quiet about how much you make only empowers companies, not workers. Advocate for them to lead projects, give thanks via email (written evidence) when they help yours, and shut down sexist talk about their looks or family obligations when it’s mentioned as a deterrent for promotions or leadership positions.
It’s 2019. Together we can end this bullshit.
Sources: 2017 U.S. Census data on median earnings for full-time, year-round workers, National Women’s Law Center, 2019 Biz2Credit study on business loans, Hired.com wage inequality report