Washington, D.C. — The gender wage gap between full-time, year-round working men and women in 2013 remained virtually unchanged, with women earning 78 percent of what men make. This means that, although women are the primary, sole, or co-breadwinners in nearly two-thirds of families, dollar-for-dollar they continue to earn, on average, 22 percent less than their male counterparts, with Latinas and African American women experiencing the sharpest pay disparities compared with white men.
As advocates mark Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 14, the following Center for American Progress experts are available to discuss the economic and social causes and consequences of the gender wage gap, as well as policy solutions to help narrow the gender wage gap:
Last fall, CAP issued an analysis examining the gender wage gap and proposed seven key policies to combat the pay gap and promote economic security for women and their families. CAP’s key policy recommendations include raising the federal minimum wage; raising the tipped minimum wage; supporting fair scheduling practices; supporting pay transparency; investing in affordable, high-quality child care and early childhood education; passing paid sick days legislation; and passing a national paid family and medical leave insurance program.
For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, contact Chelsea Kiene at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.478.5328.