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This Equal Pay Day, women face additional burdens due to the pandemic

Mar 24, 2021
Their pay gap with men tightened slightly, but mainly because so many women lost low-paying jobs early on.
"We know, going into the pandemic, that women of color actually owned pennies on the dollar compared to white men and white women," said  Heather McCulloch who runs Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap.
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Disney faces pay-secrecy complaint in lawsuit

Mar 19, 2021
It's illegal under labor laws to prohibit employees from discussing salaries, though informal taboos are common.
Pay secrecy policies keep  women and people of color from finding out just how much less money they may make compared to their white, male colleagues.
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The pandemic has been especially damaging to working moms

Employment for women may not recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2024 — two years after a recovery for men.
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Moms with straight As in high school get similar leadership opportunities as dads who got failing grades

Feb 10, 2021
A new study provides more evidence that mothers are particularly penalized in the workplace.
During the pandemic, many mothers have been forced to cut back on their hours or leave jobs to care for kids, often because they make less than a male partner.
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Inside the NFL cheerleaders' fight for fair pay

Dec 31, 2020
A new documentary follows the women trying to end the NFL’s gender pay gap.
Lacy Thibodeaux, former cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders, took the NFL to court after she realized her employment contract contained illegal provisions that robbed her of wages.
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1 in 5 parents quit job or took leave to deal with remote school

Oct 23, 2020
Pulling back from work can put parents behind indefinitely on their career tracks.
The need to supervise kids at home has led to some parents dropping out of the work force.
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Networking differences may play a role in workplace gender gaps, study finds

Aug 25, 2020
Women connect more closely with fewer people. Men tend to have looser, sparser networks.
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Moms are reducing work hours 4-5 times more than dads during pandemic

Jul 16, 2020
It could leave them vulnerable to layoffs, stalled careers and lower pay for years to come, new studies find.
A mom helps her two daughters with schoolwork during the pandemic in New York.
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How salary history bans can raise wages for female and Black workers

Jul 8, 2020
New research shows evidence that pay gaps are related to salary negotiations.
Salary history bans make it illegal for an employer to ask a prospective employee about their past compensation.
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Deal offers paid leave for federal workers, but only new parents

Dec 11, 2019
Although it leaves out the majority of workers, the policy change is seen by many as a step in the right direction.
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