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Faces of the Wage Gap Collection

Equal Pay Day is an opportunity to call attention to the pay gap experienced by working women and people of color. Observed this year on Tuesday, April 4th, Equal Pay Day represents how far into the new year women on average have to work to earn what men earned in the previous calendar year.

Unequal pay is made up of many interwoven factors, which might look like blatant pay discrimination, or can take more subtle forms — like systems that undervalue traditionally feminine work, or policies that make it impossible to keep your job and be a single mom. This collection of blog posts from 9to5 members across the country illustrate some of the many factors that contribute to the pay gap and also some of the many necessary solutions that 9to5 is fighting for — and winning! As you’ll read in Christina Ayala’s story, several years ago she was forced to leave her job to keep her pregnancy and her baby healthy. Just last year, Christina was part of the 9to5 team who won protections against this kind of treatment happening to others in her state through the Colorado Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

If you’ve had a first-hand experience of the wage gap or have a vision for the solutions we need, we want to hear it!

Fighting (and winning!) for the right to be pregnant on the job

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Colorado, Equal Pay Day | Comments Off on Fighting (and winning!) for the right to be pregnant on the job

Fighting (and winning!) for the right to be pregnant on the job

Christina from Colorado shares how employers endanger pregnant workers by refusing to allow basic accommodations — and ultimately how this impacts the wage gap.

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The complexities of caregiving when your family has a loved one in prison

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Equal Pay Day, Georgia | Comments Off on The complexities of caregiving when your family has a loved one in prison

The complexities of caregiving when your family has a loved one in prison

Marilyn from Georgia lays out how the lack of family-friendly workplace policies impact women’s income — especially in a family with a loved one in prison.

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One-handed diapering? A breeze compared to dealing with disability-based discrimination

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in California, Equal Pay Day | Comments Off on One-handed diapering? A breeze compared to dealing with disability-based discrimination

One-handed diapering? A breeze compared to dealing with disability-based discrimination

Christina from California shares how discrimination against workers with disabilities has forced her to raise her kids on unequal pay.

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A caregiver’s wage gap

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Equal Pay Day, Wisconsin | Comments Off on A caregiver’s wage gap

A caregiver’s wage gap

Keisha from Wisconsin lays out how not having access to paid sick days or paid family leave contributes to the wage gap by punishing women financially for taking care of our families.

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Unequal Pay for Going Above and Beyond

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Equal Pay Day | 3 comments

Unequal Pay for Going Above and Beyond

Lily from Colorado shares her story of unequal pay for equal work — and all the ways she’s tried to advocate for herself.

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I Was Penniless and Homeless

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Equal Pay Day | 3 comments

I Was Penniless and Homeless

Deb from Colorado describes how employment discrimination against trans women contributes to the wage gap.

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Little Did I Know…

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Equal Pay Day, National Action Network | 0 comments

Little Did I Know…

Leisa from Texas shares how a culture of pay secrecy among co-workers, and her new employer asking about salary history, led to a history of unequal pay following her to a new job.

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Tales from the Unemployed and Angry

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Equal Pay Day | 1 comment

Tales from the Unemployed and Angry

Yolanda from Texas talks about the gender and race wage gap for a bilingual Latina on the job hunt.

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Moms Deserve Equal Employment Opportunities and Pay!

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Equal Pay Day | 0 comments

Moms Deserve Equal Employment Opportunities and Pay!

Kiki from Pennsylvania shares how legal discrimination against single moms contributes to the wage gap.

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