Equal Pay

Equal Pay Day
April 12, 2016

This is the date by which a woman’s annual salary in 2016 catches up to a man’s.

To learn more, attend the Equal Pay Day Forums for 2016 are described on the Advocacy Page at: https://aauw-tn.aauw.net/advocacy/

Pay Gap Facts

  • On average, women who work full-time earn about 78 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker earns.
  • The pay gap persists across all racial and ethnic groups, and it is found in every state.
  • The wage gap was largest for Hispanic and Latina women, who were paid only 54 percent of what white men were paid in 2013.
  • The pay gap is a family issue. 40% of households with children include a mother who is either the sole or primary earner for her family.
  • Education does not close the gap. Women with multiple degrees, as well as those working in business, finance, and management, experience the greatest gap, which is on average 22%.
  • Over a lifetime of work (47 years), the total estimated loss of earnings of women compared with men is $700,000 for a high school graduate, $1.2 million for a college graduate, and $2 million for a professional school graduate.
  • In Tennessee more than half of all women participate in the labor force. Six out of 10 families include both parents working, and 7 out of 10 female-headed households include women working according to national data. Today, most women we know work and take care of their families at the same time. Their income is important to the economic well-being of their families and the community.
  • Every generation of women that has entered the workforce experiences the pay gap. The gap is larger in occupations requiring advanced degrees—law, finance, and management, for example. Even women graduating from college and entering the workforce for the first time experience a 7% wage gap on average. Today, women in Tennessee earn 82 cents on the dollar to men on average. The pay gap is much larger for African American and Latina women, who respectively earn 63 cents and 56 cents on the dollar.

Median Earnings in Tennessee
Men $41,493
Women $34,301

Close the Gap
Support Federal Legislation!

Paycheck Fairness Act: The PFA would improve the scope of the Equal Pay Act, which hasn’t been updated since 1963, with stronger incentives for employers to follow the law and prohibit retaliation against workers asking about wage practices.

Sources: -U.S. Census Bureau
AAUW https://www.aauw.org/
National Committee on Pay Equity

AAUW (American Association of University Women) has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families.

Many of the AAUW Branches in Tennessee planned activities to bring attention to the importance of the day. For ideas on activities and events go to: https://www.aauw.org/resource/how-to-equal-pay-day/

Equal Pay Campaign

AAUW Tennessee Presents Equal Pay Forums Across the State

Between March 15 and April 12, 2016, four Equal Pay Forums were held by the State Branches. Details of each follow:

March 15, 2016—“Women’s Pay Equity Forum: Why It Matters to You.”  Knoxville, TN.

Forum Panelists

Forum Panelists

Pictured: Front Row: Panelists Patricia Pierce, Christina Blanton, Dena Wise
Back Row: AAUW Presidents Ayne Cantrell, Peggy Emmett, Anne Loy, and Moderator Wanda Sobieski

March 24, 2016—“Equal Dime for Equal Time: Building a Strong Economic Foundation for Tennessee Families.” A Panel Discussion on the Issue of Equal Pay for Equal Work. 6:00-7:30 PM, Middle Tennessee State University MT Center, Sam H. Ingram Building, 2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro.

March 29, 2016—“Equal Pay, Leading Voices. A Panel Discussion. 2:00-3:00 PM, University of Tennessee at Martin, University Center, Martin.

April 12, 2016—Explaining “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap.” 11:30 A.M.-1:30 PM. Benjamin L Hooks Central Library, Memphis.

For more information about Pay Equity visit the Equal-pay page at:  https://aauw-tn.aauw.net/advocacy/equal-pay/


Equal Pay Day – Martin Branch

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On April 14, 2015, the day designated as Equal Pay Day, the Martin Branch was involved in a variety of activities: 1) Proclamations were signed by the City of Martin Mayor Randy Brundige (with Sue Byrd, AAUW-TN President and Sam Ray, Martin Branch president) and the Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum (with Same Ray, Martin Branch president and Marti Herndon, Martin Branch finance officer). 2) At UT Martin branch members participated in a tabling event outside of the cafeteria distributing 78 cent dollar bills and informing students of the pay gap that exists between women and men doing the same job. 3) A lecture was held on the UT Martin campus where branch members, including student AAUW members presented information about paycheck fairness and the wage gap.

Equal Pay Day – Knoxville Branch

UTK EPD - 2015

AAUW Knoxville members, Bari Gerbig and Janet Murray, along with UTK students Tyler Lampley, Brianna Fields, and Bradi Musil handed out informational bookmarks, Pay Day bars with sweetener Equal packets attached, and AAUW materials, on Equal Pay Day, April 14, 2015, in the UTK Student Center.  Other members who helped were Karen Kooeyman, Anne Loy, and Reba Best.  More than a dozen students took turns, organized by graduate student TAs, Kate Kleinkopf and Katie Conrad; Dr. Pat Freeland, Director of the Women’s Studies Department was in charge.



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