The gender wage gap continues to narrow in Texas, and overall in the U.S. Since 2004, women have seen small improvements in earnings. It’s also true that a higher percentage of females hold bachelor’s degrees, and less are living in poverty.
Large gap, little time
Unfortunately, the going is slow. A 2018 report from the Dallas Women’s Foundation shows that there’s a $9,600 difference between a man’s median annual earnings compared to a woman’s. So, despite promising statistics, it’s clear the gap is not closing anytime soon.
Hispanic women are hurting especially, since they earn 44 cents for every dollar earned in comparison to men. Studies can’t pinpoint why women, and predominately women of color, are facing these pay gaps. It’s unsettling to know that pay equity could reduce the poverty rate by 51 percent. But it’s nowhere close.
With such little progress, most women working in their 40s might never see the gender gap close.
What’s taking so long?
History repeats itself. Women have been underrepresented for a long time, despite proving powerful leadership and management skills. The issue does not have to do with ability, but with the other gender’s ability to share a chair at the table. There is no one-word answer, which is why the fight is so complex.
The Equal Pay Act has good intentions, but as we know from experience, laws aren’t always enough. Individuals who face issues with equal pay won’t find a solution alone or through their employer.
Contact a lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the Equal Pay Act if you have experienced different pay based on your gender. Many factors go into what an employee is paid. You will want a strong defense when employers make excuses for the gap.