Equal Pay Day Is April 4 This Year- Here's Why That Matters

In another report, Iceland had also topped the World Economic Forum's gender gap index for the past seven years, proving that its women and men were given more gender equal opportunities than any other country in the world. The visual read: "Women earn 82% the all time weekly paycheck of a man". Currently, businesses that do not record data or close their gender pay gaps do not face any penalties.

It took until April 4, 2017 for women in the United States to earn as much money as men had earned in 2016, if you start counting both at the beginning of a year ago.

The gap narrows when factors like education level, type of work, experience and job tenure are taken into account.

But that gap is wider in Ohio. But, she argues, this gap does not exist because of the "misconception" that "women aren't educated enough or ambitious enough or hardworking enough". It prohibits companies from asking perspective employees their current or past salary history, an effort to prevent pay discrimination from following a woman throughout her career.

- Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook Inc. and founder of the non-profit Lean In, launched a new campaign Tuesday: #20PercentCounts, representing the 20 percent less that women make compared with men.

That means she will have to stay in the workforce 10 years longer than a man in order to earn the same amount.

These figures also shine a light on the gender pay gap as Missouri's Republicans seek to make the problem worse by pushing Senate Bill 43, which amends the Missouri Human Rights Act to make it more hard for workers to report workplace discrimination. At 87 cents for every white male dollar earned, Asian women in New Jersey fare the best.

"Progress has really slowed down and for the last decade or so, change has been modular", said Ariane Hegewisch, a program director at the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR). If we don't step up, it will be another penny next year, another penny the following year, and yet another penny.

A post at LinkedIn finds that fewer than 30% of those employed in the top 100 highest paying jobs in America are women.

"However, they are perhaps being held back by the impact the gender pay gap is having on them reaching their goals".

  • Zachary Reyes