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Faces of the Wage Gap Blog

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 12, Equal Pay Day represents how far into the new year women have to work to earn what men earned in the previous calendar year. These blog posts from 9to5 members illustrate some of the many factors that contribute to the pay gap and highlight some of the many solutions necessary to achieve fair pay. These women are the face of the wage gap.

We hope you’ll read these blogs, use the comments section to tell us your thoughts and experiences, and share these powerful stories widely.

My Wage Gap as a Mom and Daughter

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Colorado, Equal Pay Day, Homepage_featured | 0 comments

My Wage Gap as a Mom and Daughter

Our culture of female caregiving means that having no paid family leave hits women’s paychecks harder than men. When my younger daughter needed surgery at the same time that my elderly father needed immediate medical attention, times were tough.

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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

It wasn’t long after my employment that a local paper published all of our salaries, due to the nature of government transparency. It was through this publication that I realized, despite my previous 10 years of government experience, I was the lowest paid of the four inspectors.

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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

I lost my job as an Asphalt Plant Manager in 2008. At the time, I was presenting as a man at work but starting the process of living as a woman during my personal time.

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Stop Punishing My Family for Being Poor

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Equal Pay Day | 0 comments

Stop Punishing My Family for Being Poor

I don’t want to be on welfare. I’m in school and trying to use CalWORKs benefits as a tool to get back on my feet and provide for my family. But welfare policies that assume I’m trying to game the system make it an uphill battle.

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We Must Value Women’s Work!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Equal Pay Day, Georgia | 4 comments

We Must Value Women’s Work!

In this country, we will pay someone more to take of our cars than we will pay them to take care of our children or elderly parents.

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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…

I was thrilled to be offered a job with a new company, with a sizeable raise from my old job. Little did I know how much more the offer would have been if I had been a man.

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What Is Ours

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

What Is Ours

Unexpected car issues, outgrowing pants, and needing new shoes don’t wait till the next pay check.

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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

Again and again, I found that the postings for bilingual candidates offered the same or even lower wages than the one that only required English.

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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!

DISCRIMINATION. That was the first word on my mind twenty years ago, when I was repeatedly denied employment after I had to divulge in job interviews that I was a single parent.

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