According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, American women continue to earn approximately 80 cents on every dollar their male counterparts make. (Image: Wage Gap in 20 Most Common Occupations for Women. From the Institute for Women’s Policy Research)
Congress is set to debate the Paycheck Fairness Act this week. The measure would compel employers to prove that pay disparities between male and female workers are related to job performance, not gender. The Act would also protect employees from retaliation if they share their salary information.
Irin Carmon, staff writer at Salon, argues that the best way to combat the gender pay gap is for workers to share their salary information. More.