What does the Gender Pay Gap mean to you?

Susanna Kahr

Last month, on April 2nd to be precise, it was “Equal Pay Day” for women in the U.S. This is the day when women throughout the nation mark the point where they have finally caught up with their male peers in terms of pay. We, at kununu, also ran a special #WorkLifeChat on Twitter all about the Gender Pay Gap and now we’d love to share some of the responses that we received from you.

There’s no doubt about it, the Gender Pay Gap is a hot topic. It’s definitely not without its critics but it’s also not going away any time soon. According to the U.S. Census, the average woman working full-time in the U.S. made 80.5% of what her male colleague made in 2017. And whilst critics say that this is because the gender pay gap is broad and takes the entirety of women’s inequality across the American workforce into account, another study shows that 38% of the wage gap is still “unexplained” even when differences in age, experience, occupation and other factors are taken into account. There are even a number of “apples to apples” studies. For example, a 2016 study showed that women teaching physicians at U.S. medical schools made on average $50,000 less than their male colleagues, even after controlling for a wide range of factors, from faculty rank to specialty to clinical trial participation.

The Gender Pay Gap in one word

So we decided that it was high time that we found out what you thought about all of this. To break the ice for our #WorkLifeChat we asked you to “Describe the Gender Pay Gap in one word?” and many of you responded to say that it’s “unfair.”

How to find out what you are worth

We then asked “How do you find out how much you’re worth?” which sparked a lot of great responses and advice.

So, if you’re struggling to work out how much you should ask for, make sure to do your homework and have a good look at what similarly qualified professionals earn in your state. If there aren’t any stats available, then ask around. It’s important to equip yourself with as much knowledge as possible, especially when it comes to pay, as this will put you in a stronger position to negotiate.

What to do when you are affected?

We then asked: “What should you do when you’re personally affected by the Gender Pay Gap?” The general consensus from you, was that anyone who is affected should confront the situation, but also make sure to collect as much evidence as possible to argue their case. We recommend building the strongest case that you can and asking around again. Perhaps your female colleagues in other departments are also affected? If so, there’s definitely strength in numbers and you could all come together to call for change in your company.

The Gender Pay Gap is real

We then asked you to let us know if you have “Already experienced unfairness when it comes to pay,” and @LadderHR got in touch to tell us that they had.

We’ve heard similar stories before in your reviews. It’s always sad to read that employees have experienced inequality in their workplaces, but the good news is that you can find out what others have said about your new employer before you accept an interview or an offer from them, simply by searching for the reviews on kununu.us.

Tips for negotiating your salary

Finally, we wanted to know if you had any tips for negotiating your salary. This can be tough, but if you have done some research into what you’re worth and you know the kind of contribution you will bring to your new role, then this will give you the confidence to stand your ground when it comes to your pay.

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