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When Women Do Better,
Wisconsin Does Better
What the Wage Gap Means for Wisconsin Women
The workforce is changing.
Workplace policies are not.
•Women are completing a higher level of education and taking key decision
making roles more than ever before.
•Women comprise half the entire paid labor force for the first time in
•70% of moms work outside home.
•Most families need two breadwinners to make ends meet. Women’s
income is vital to their family’s economic security.
•Women face the effects of the pay gap from their first job until long after
they have stopped working. Women lose hundreds of thousands of dollars,
up to over a million, over their careers. That means less retirement savings
for tomorrow –earning less, there is less to save, and social security and
pensions are based on earnings
What is Equal Pay Day?
• Tuesday April 8, 2014, is Equal Pay
Day, the date we recognize and
protest the wage gap that exists
between working women and men
and between workers of color and
white workers across the country.
• Tuesday symbolizes how far into a
second week a woman must work,
on average, to earn as much as a
man earned in the previous week.
• April represents how far into a new year women must work
to earn what men earned just in the previous year.
Protestors and advocates wear red to show that pay for
women and people of color is still in the red.
The Pay Gap is real… and
•On average, a man
earns $48,202 while a
woman on average
earns $37,118—and the
gap has been increasing
•The pay gap is worse
for women with a higher
level of education
Women don’t choose to earn less.
But a significant pay gap exists and for the first in many years is
widening for women and women of color at all levels of education
and across all occupations
The Pay Gap is worse for
African American women
African American women only make 70 cents for every $1
men make on average, and even less- 64 cents for every
dollar a white man makes.
If the pay gap were eliminated, for an African American woman, it would mean:
•More than 2 years’ worth of food,
•Almost 10 months’ worth of mortgage and utilities,
•More than 16 months of rent,
•More than 3 years’ worth of family health insurance premiums, or
•4,549 additional gallons of gas.
And even worse for Latina Women
Latinas only make 60 cents for every $1 men
make on average, and even less - 55 cents for
every $1 white men make.
If the pay gap were eliminated, for a Latina, it would mean:
•More than 3 years’ worth of food,
•More than 1 year of mortgage and utilities,
•Nearly 2 years of rent,
•Almost 5 years’ worth of family health insurance premiums, or
•5,743 additional gallons of gas.
What this means for
• Together, women who are employed full time in Wisconsin lose about
$8,314,309,512 yearly because of the pay gap. Closing the
pay gap would result in:
•86 more weeks of food,
•7 more months of mortgage and utility payments,
•14 more months of rent, or
•2,799 additional gallons of gas
What this means for
We Can Do Better
• We can’t make real progress in closing the wage gap until we strengthen
enforcement of existing anti-discrimination laws and give women the tools
they need to get the pay they deserve. Strong enforcement of our equal pay
laws is one important step to ending discrimination and closing the pay gap.
• We need to tackle discrimination, properly value women’s care work, and
create better policies and programs to educate and train women for higher
• We should ask our legislators to support workplace and public policies for
paid sick days and family leave insurance, a minimum wage increase
including for tipped workers, and provide equity for part-time and temp
• Women voters were instrumental in sending many new lawmakers to
Congress – including a record number of women - now we have to hold their
feet to the fire.
• Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 84/H.R. 377) which was
reintroduced in Congress in January 2013. The PFA would close
loopholes in our existing equal pay laws, prohibit retaliation against
workers who ask about or share wage information, and empower
women to better negotiate salary and benefit increases. Equal work
deserves equal pay.
• Pass the Equal Pay Enforcement Act (SB 143/AB 269) which was
reintroduced in Wisconsin on April 10th, 2013 by Senator Dave
Hansen and Representative Chris Sinicki (right) that mirrors the
Paycheck Fairness Act.
• The PFA would play a critical role in our nation’s economic recovery.
Every cent counts in these tough economic times, when more women
are primary family breadwinners or co-breadwinners than ever
before. Wage discrimination must end.
• Pay equity is good for the economy and working families – it reduces
poverty, stimulates the economy and increases women’s economic
security. It reduces stress-related health problems and health care
costs. Providing pay equity and offering workplace flexibility helps
employers recruit and retain the most qualified employees in their
field, and is proven to increase productivity and profits.
How do we get there?
• Become a member of 9to5 WI and be a part of the movement for
economic justice. PLUS, it’s our membership drive and we have a
special $20 rate!
• Visit our website- www.9to5.org/wisconsin, like us on Facebook-
www.facebook.com/9to5milwaukee, and follow us on Twitter-
• Share your experience with workplace discrimination and the pay
gap to give the issue a voice!
• Become a 9to5 Action Leader and grow our chapter in your
• Call your State Legislator about Equal Pay.
Questions? Want to
Martha De La Rosa
9to5 Wisconsin State Director