Dream big: NC legislators, DPI push career plan mandate to address skills gap, workforce readiness
‘What do you want to be when you grow-up?’ It’s a question that adults frequently ask children, but one to which children rarely give much serious thought. North Carolina state lawmakers want to change that. Under Senate Bill 193, all middle school and high school students enrolled in local public schools would be required to […]
NC counties should adopt a simple tool to promote equal pay for women employees
Even though asking job applicants for their salary history feeds a vicious cycle, our report finds that most North Carolina counties still do it This past Tuesday, March 15, was National Equal Pay Day. As President Biden rightfully noted in a White House proclamation, "Equal pay is a matter of justice, fairness, and dignity — it is about living up to our values and who we are as a Nation." Meanwhile, here in North Carolina, counties have an important opportunity to address gender-based pay disparities through a simple hiring practice change.
How far short does women’s pay still fall? This far.
Yesterday was Women’s Equal Pay Day, the day that women’s wages catch up to what their white, male counterparts earned last year. Yes, that’s correct. It’s now April 2019, and it’s taken 15 months for women to earn what a white man earned by December of last year doing the same exact job. That’s because […]
House members introduce bill to raise NC’s minimum wage, improve worker rights and incomes
In case you missed it, State Representatives Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford) and Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe) introduced some long overdue legislation yesterday to dramatically improve the treatment of workers in North Carolina. House Bill 46 — the “Economic Security Act of 2019” — would make the following changes to state law: it would increase the state minimum […]
Why we shouldn’t forget about the fight for equal pay
In spite of years of fighting for equality, men continue to earn more than women, even with similar levels of education and work experience. This phenomenon is the gender wage gap, and it doesn’t just hurt women–it hurts working households all across the country. When President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, women […]
Shortchanged: Gender and race discrimination in the workplace, and how to fix it
Imagine a country where employees’ salaries hinge on their gender and race. White women are paid 20 cents less per dollar than white men, and women of color are paid even less: African American women get 63 cents on the dollar, and Latinas get 54 cents. And imagine a president who ignored the disparity, and […]
Wage gap afflicts women in all 13 NC congressional districts
The National Partnership for Women and Families is out with a new study that examines the nation’s wage gap for men and women and, not surprisingly, the results remain pretty grim. “An unprecedented analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows that the gender-based wage gap affects women in nearly every corner of the country. In 97 […]