Shumita Basu, Executive Director, Joyce discussed on Morning Edition

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Gender wage gap wnyc shumita basu was in the studio with us now to explain shimmy good morning warning richard okay so april fifteenth is a big day when it comes to your pay what significance of able tap april tenth is the approximate day in the year based on census data to which woman has to work in order to earn what a man earned in the previous year so in other words the average american woman must work twelve months plus another four months really to earn what the average man earned in just twelve months now i'm sure you can break it down by race yes and if you do that the gatt gets much wider february twentysecond was equal pay day for asian women it's the only equal pay date that comes before april black women's equal pay date isn't until august native american women in september and latina's in november it's almost a whole year it is so we're going to focus on each of those equal pay dates throughout the calendar year when they come but today let's talk talk about pay transparency that's what joy cheney executive director of the equal pay today campaign said she's focused on this year and she suggested a lot of ways to start the conversation in your own workplace well the good news is there's power in numbers she says if you can get together with a group of men and women because the wage disparity thing affects men of color as well you can all work together to convince your employer that it's really in their best interest to act plenty of research out there that suggests that pay transparency is beneficial for everyone because now no one thinks this someone is getting paid more than they are joyce says ask your employer when's the last time they did it pay audit to identify any gaps or biopsies and encourage employers to be transparent about pay ranges so that potential new hires know how to better negotiate when they first start so now i know of.

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