reported this week that "The Obama administration recently launched a software development competition designed to help achieve equal pay in the workforce for American women. The competition has several prize categories, including five scholarships to attend an 8-week design and entrepreneurship program. Another winner will get $5,000 from a private nonprofit to help further develop their app."
"Nearly 50 years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, on average women are still paid less than their male counterparts for doing comparable jobs – that’s called the pay gap. It means that each time the average woman starts a new job, she’s likely to start from a lower base salary, but it also means that over time the pay gap between her and her male colleagues is likely to become wider and wider.
For the average working woman, the pay gap means $150 less in her weekly paycheck, $8,000 less at the end of the year, and $380,000 less over her lifetime. For women of color and women with disabilities, the disparity is even bigger. Your challenge is to use publicly available labor data and other online resources to educate users about the pay gap and to build tools to promote equal pay."
Enter Your Marital Status: Single
Enter whether you work full-time or part-time: Full-time
Enter the number of children you have: Zero
Do you work in a large U.S. city? Yes
Enter your age: Under 30 years old
San Diego: +15% pay gap in favor of women
Charlotte: +14% pay gap in favor of women
Warning: You have uncovered a significant gender pay gap in favor of women, and your employer may be paying single, childless women under 30 years old more than men in that same demographic group. This could be illegal gender discrimination in violation of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and you should report this potential violation of federal law to your local Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Thanks for using the Equal Pay App.
HT: Christina Sommers
Enter your city of employment below, and the Equal Pay App will report the gender pay gap for your demographic group in your geographic area. A negative (positive) pay gap reflects lower (higher) median full-time salaries for women in your group (single, childless, under 30 years old) compared to your male counterparts.
Atlanta: +20% pay gap in favor of women
Memphis: +20% pay gap in favor of women
New York City: +17% pay gap in favor of women
Los Angeles: +12% pay gap in favor of women