MI Women Still Working for Less; Pending Legislation May Help
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
LANSING, Mich. - There are laws and lawsuits, rallies and protests, but still, women in the workplace make less money than their male counterparts, and the wage gap is increasing. Today is Equal Pay Day, symbolizing how far into 2011 women must work to earn what men earned just in 2010. On average, Michigan women earn almost 30 percent less than men in similar jobs, and the state ranks 47th in pay disparity.
State Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) is tracking four bills that would strengthen the Michigan Civil Rights Act, increase penalties for gender-based wage discrimination, and set up a pay equity study commission. Another would give workers more information going into pay negotiations.
"We've set up a piece of legislation to protect people's privacy, to redact personal information, but to make it more accessible; how much others in the company or others in that particular agency are making for what job category."
New Bureau of Labor statistics show that out of 111 job categories, women are paid less in 107 of them. In recognition of Equal Pay Day, organizations including the National Association for Women Michigan chapter are holding an event at the State Capitol.
Sixty-two percent of women in Michigan are working. Warren says that ultimately, pay equity is important to not just women, but also families.
"Where you're adding an additional salary to a partner who already makes one or you're the only one bringing home a salary, bringing home only 71 cents on the dollar to what a male would bring home really does have a very detrimental impact, as women try to pay for groceries and put boots on the kids."
Studies show that when young women leave college, they lag behind men in pay even on their first jobs. Warren says many women in the workplace lack mentors who can help teach negotiating strategies. She says more transparency about pay ranges would also help women better understand the value of a specific position.
get more stories like this via email
LANSING, Mich. - High utility costs are a major burden for Michigan's low-income residents, and a new study says they have an impact on their health…
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A new report shows an effort by investor-owned utilities in the Sunshine State to block the growth of rooftop solar. The …
Health and Wellness
By Troy Pierson / Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration. As marijuana becomes more …
SALT LAKE CITY - With rising numbers of people targeted in hate crimes and related violence, a new report analyzes the hate-crime laws in each state…
BOSTON - Educators' unions are calling on the state to support their efforts to ensure in-person learning in the fall keeps students, teachers…
HARTFORD, Conn. - In Connecticut, more than 460,000 people care for close friends or family members who can't manage on their own - and their …
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Millions of Americans soon could find eviction notices on their front doors, but New Mexico renters will not be among them - as …
Health and Wellness
CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire advocates for affordable healthcare access want Congress to lower prescription costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate …