For Immediate Release
American Women Statement on the Announcement of Bill Introduction to Help Eliminate Gender and Racial Pay Gap
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today American Women’s Executive Director Kate Black issued the following statement on the news that Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Jerry Nadler and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will introduce legislation that would help eliminate gender and racial pay gaps by prohibiting employers from asking applicants for their salary history before making a job offer.
“Even if you account for occupation, education, GPA, and other factors, young women are paid less than men for the same job when entering the workforce. This wage gap grows as men and women get promoted and get raises. And then potential new employers base their salary offer on women’s previous salary history, and the wage gap travels with them. By prohibiting employers from asking for a salary history, we’re allowing women to start a salary negotiation on a level playing field. Addressing these pay disparities before they even start can be especially beneficial for women of color who experience an even greater pay gap, with African American women earning 60 cents and Latinas earning 55 cents for every dollar earned by a white non-Hispanic man.”
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