Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Clinton commemorate Equal Pay Day

Data from a 2016 study illustrates that white, non-Hispanic women make 83 cents for every dollar men make and Hispanic women make 60 cents on the dollar. But it isn't just women's individual bottom lines that suffer: The gender wage gap is also a drag on the USA economy, and closing the gap should be a top priority of any economic policy agenda that seeks to strengthen and grow the economy.

Created in 1996, Equal Pay Day is held in April to symbolize how far into the year women must work to earn what men did the previous year.

It is equal pay day.

The effort comes as pay-equity advocates are concerned about legislative and executive efforts to roll back equal pay enforcement. "I think this new generation of young women is much more willing to fight for promotions or raises or higher salaries". He has said he supports pay based on performance, but he expressed concerns in 2015 about equal pay legislation if "everybody ends up making the same pay", likening such a result to "a socialist society".

Take Atisha Perdue, for example.

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The wage gap in union workplaces is half the size of the wage gap in non-union workplaces. Or that women are often driven into female-dominated occupations that are devalued, such as care work.

While the discount is great for the day, Sandberg posted a message to the community urging women to get their 20% and close the gender pay gap.

According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, or IWPR, women's increased pay as a result of equal treatment in the labor market would add $447.60 in additional income to the US economy.

Wage discrimination, occupational segregation, less job experience-often owing to taking time off to care for family-and other factors result in lower earnings for women regardless of their productive abilities. According to NBC News, the Fair Pay order had two rules that directly impacted women in the workplace: "paycheck transparency and a ban on forced arbitration clauses for sexual harassment, sexual assault, or discrimination claims". This chart, also from the EPI, looks at pay gaps among different earnings groups. For Atisha, that meant living paycheck to paycheck, working overtime to sustain her family and spending less time with her kids. "Closing the gender pay gap is critical to the economic empowerment of American women, and it is the responsibility of all Americans to come together in pursuit of equal pay", she wrote.

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