AWIS Statement on Equal Pay Day 2016
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 is Equal Pay Day, a national day of action highlighting unfair pay for women. The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) strives to educate both women and men about pay inequity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and shine a light on the need to find viable solutions to wage discrimination.
This day in April is chosen as Equal Pay Day because it represents the approximate date that women must work to in the current year to make the same amount of money white men did in the previous year. So, a woman must have worked all of 2015 and well into 2016 to earn what her white male counterparts earned in 2015 alone.
The pay gap in STEM is no different:
- In science and engineering occupations, men make an average of $25k more per year ($88k compared to $63k).
- Though women earn the majority of degrees in the life sciences, they don’t go on to earn the majority of the pay. Women earn nearly $9k less than men ($60k versus $68.8k).
- Across all STEM disciplines, the average income for men is almost $14k more than for women ($72.6k for men, $58.9k for women).
- Across all STEM disciplines, men make an average of $73k. That’s $19k more than underrepresented minority women who earn an average of $54k.
Fair pay requires real change! AWIS encourages the businesses and organizations to review their pay practices to ensure that women receive equitable compensation. As an individual, you can take action, as well. Contact your Congressional representatives and tell them to support equal pay legislation by visiting www.house.gov and www.senate.gov or tweet your members of Congress using WeTweet.org: http://www.wetweet.org/fair-pay.html.