Equal Pay Day highlights the gender pay gap

Kara Marxer
April 01, 2019 - 7:33 pm

Kansas City, MO - April 2, is Equal Pay Day. The day that women finally have made as much as men did in 2018. Women on average in Kansas and Missouri make 77 or 78 cents for every dollar that a man earns.  

Wendy Doyle, the President and CEO of the Women's Foundation, says "The pace that we are on, the pay gap is not projected to close until the year 2059."

There are a few reasons for the gap, explains Doyle. That first job out of college is where the pay gap tends to start, and then again when a woman reenters the workforce after stepping away to start a family.

Doyle says women typically aren't good negotiators when it comes to pay.  Last year, they launched AAUW Work Smart in Kansas City, a program to teach one million women how to advocate for themselves and increase their paychecks.

The Women's Foundation is currently advocating policies to ban salary history questions on job applications, which Doyle says would help close the pay gap faster.



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