American women who work full-time, year-round are paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts.  We’re working to reduce this wage gap and to ensure that male and female employees get equal pay and benefits for comparable work.  The Paycheck Fairness Act is a commonsense bill that would give workers stronger tools to combat wage discrimination, bar retaliation against workers for discussing salary information, and ensure full compensation for victims of gender-based pay discrimination. 

Below is a list of resources you can use to educate yourself about equal pay, the wage gap, and the Paycheck Fairness Act. We will continue to add to this list between now and the end of Equal Pay Week (April 7-11, 2014), so keep checking back for more! And of course, be sure to read our blog posts on this topic — from NWLC staff and our partners.

NWLC Resources:

50 Years & Counting: The Unfinished Business of Achieving Fair Pay

Closing the Wage Gap Is Crucial for Women of Color and Their Families

Combating Punitive Pay Secrecy Policies

FAQ About the Wage Gap

How the Paycheck Fairness Act Will Strengthen the Equal Pay Act

How the Wage Gap Hurts Women and Families

The Paycheck Fairness Act: Why Women Need Stronger Protections against Pay Discrimination

The Wage Gap by State for African American Women

The Wage Gap by State for Hispanic Women

The Wage Gap by State for Women Overall

The Wage Gap Is Stagnant in the Last Decade

What the Paycheck Fairness Act Would Really Do


Resources from the American Association of University Women (AAUW):

Graduating to a Pay Gap

Join the Fight for Fair Pay

Quick Facts on the Gender Pay Gap

Road Map to Pay Equity

The Gender Pay Gap by State and Congressional District

The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap


Joint Resource from American Women, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Rockefeller Family Fund, The Voter Participation Center, and Woodcock Foundation:

Equal Pay: A Conversation Guide [PDF]

Resources from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research:

How Equal Pay for Working Women would Reduce Poverty and Grow the American Economy

The Gender Wage Gap: 2013; Differences by Race and Ethnicity, No Growth in Real Wages for Women

The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation and by Race and Ethnicity, 2013

The Lost Decade of Wage Growth for Women

Pay Secrecy and Wage Discrimination




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