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Pay Gap For Women Will Get Better -- in the 23rd Century

So say some experts on this "Equal Pay Day" 2019


Today is Equal Pay Day, the day that symbolizes how far into the year women have to work to earn what men earned the previous year. Despite gains in the 80's and 90's, the pay gap between the sexes hasn't budged in the past 10 years.

Women still make about 80% of what men make, a number that hasn't changed in a decade.

Women still are paid 80 cents, on average, for every dollar that a man makes, and that's a trend that's expected to continue into the 23rd century, according to USAToday.. The numbers are far worse for women of color, says Fortune, which lists the 2019 Equal Pay Days for all non-white women workers. TIME has an even more discouraging statistic: a typical woman who works from age 16 to 70 will make $590,000 less than a man over their lifetimes.

"Every young woman, every girl should be able to dream a dream of their future without the taint of discrimination." -- Kara Hahn, Suffolk County, NY to WCBS

That all sounds depressing. But the National Committee on Pay Equity , which created Equal Pay Day in 1996 as a public awareness event, says there are things you can do. Contact your lawmakers to tell them that fair pay is important to you, and ask them to support the two bills currently in Congress aimed at closing the wage gap. If you own a business, they suggest completing a self-audit to see if you unknowingly have pay scales that don't treat all employees equally.

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