#EqualPayCA

Closing the Wage Gap

Women in the U.S. who work full time, year round are paid only 81 cents for every dollar paid to men — this gap is even bigger for women of color. Help us close the gap. #EqualPayCA is a campaign led by the First Partner, in partnership with The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls focused on closing the wage gap in California. If you need help filing a wage claim or have specific questions please call the Department of Labor toll free at 833-526-4636.

Take the Pledge

To date, over 40 major California employers have taken the pledge, including GAP Inc., Apple, Salesforce, and more. We would be excited to add your name to this growing list and publicly recognize your commitment to equity in the workplace.

Equal Pay Champions

To date, over 40 major California employers have taken the pledge, including GAP Inc., Apple, Salesforce, and more. We would be excited to add your name to this growing list and publicly recognize your commitment to equity in the workplace. We hope we can count on you to join this effort and look forward to partnering with you as we move towards pay equity in California. The following companies have signed our equal pay pledge:

Programs & Resources

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have shown us how vital equal pay is for women and families. According to the National Women’s Law Center, 76.8 percent of working mothers work full time, and many are the sole or primary breadwinner for their families. Furthermore, “The ongoing crisis has exposed how the work performed primarily by women, and particularly women of color, continues to be undervalued, even as the rest of the country is depending on it as never before. Women are the vast majority of workers risking their lives to provide health care, child care, and other essential services.”

WRAP TRAINING

The Office of the First Partner and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls have partnered with the California Labor Commissioner’s Office to provide #EqualPayCA trainings during Equal Pay Day Months for women of color, and to increase the number of women of color in the Ambassador project.

EQUAL PAY DAYS

Equal Pay Day was developed by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is proud to partner with the Office of the First Partner on the  #EqualPayCA campaign which highlights these issues annually. 

TAKE THE PLEDGE

We are challenging businesses to take the Equal Pay Pledge and commit to conducting an annual company-wide gender pay analysis, reviewing hiring and promotion processes and procedures to reduce unconscious bias and structural barriers, and to ensure fundamental equity for all workers. To date, over 40 major California employers have taken the pledge, including GAP Inc., Apple, Salesforce, and more.

BUSINESS RESOURCES

California law requires that employers pay women and men doing substantially similar work the same wage rate. Find guidelines and assistance on how to comply with California’s Equal Pay laws here.

HOW CAN I PROMOTE A CULTURE OF PAY EQUITY

The CA Pay Equity Task Force recommends that employers consider adopting some or all of these action Items to promote a culture of pay equity within the employer’s organization.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

There are many ways you can find out if you’re being appropriately compensated for your work and your particular role. Learn more about your rights as an employee here.

 

 Solving Big Problems… Together.

We work with state level partners to provide resources, training, and assistance to help ensure that women are front and center as we build back a better California for ALL. Before any problem can be solved however, it must first be faced.

Download our Toolkit

Help spread the word about #EqualPayCa and the Equal Pay Pledge. Download our social media toolkit here.

cents on the dollar is on average, what women earn compared to men

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of workers believe a racial wage gap exists due to racial identity

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less is what LGBTQ+ women earn compared to non-LGBTQ+ men.

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of organizations plan to conduct a pay equity analysis

*https://www.compa.as/blog/wage-gap-statistics

Coming Up: Equal Pay Day

March 24, 2021

March 24th is Equal Pay Day. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. According to data by the National Women’s Law Center, women in the U.S. who work full-time, year-round are typically paid only 82 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. NWLC identifies this gap as translating into $10,157 less per year in median earnings. Although enforcement of the Equal Pay Act and civil rights laws have helped narrow the gender wage gap over time, it has not eliminated it. As the Covid19 crisis has shown, addressing the continuing pay disparities is critical for economic security.

Factsheets and Data

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) formed the California Pay Equity Task Force in 2016, the year that the Fair Pay Act of 2015 took effect. The Fair Pay Act amended California’s equal pay law as it applies to employee’s gender. In 2017, another law took effect that further expanded protections under California’s equal pay law to employees of a “different race or ethnicity.” Because the CCSWG formed this Task Force in 2016, our work has focused primarily on creating tools and guidance related to implementation of the Fair Pay Act of 2015.

  • California Women Overall – 88 Cents
  • California Black Women – 61 cents
  • California Latinas – 42 cents
  • California Asian American women -75 cents

We recognize that equal pay issues affect employees at the intersection of sex and race/ethnicity and that more work needs to be done to address the wage gap facing people of color and women of color in particular. Our hope is that the tools and materials provided here will serve as useful starting points for employees, employers, and unions so that we can work towards achieving pay equity for all workers throughout California. We are proud to partner with the Office of the First Partner to help close the gap in California.

  • California Native American women – 49 cents
  • California White women – 79 cents
  • California Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander women – 54 cents

Partner Resources

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is excited to share resources from aligned organizations to help increase awareness about the challenges facing women, and particularly women of color, in the workplace.  The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into stark relief the disparities between women and men, and the additional burdens placed on women of color. Addressing these significant disparities is critical to ensuring the economic security of women and their families.

Equal Pay Factsheet (English)

Download the #EqualPayCA factsheet here and Know Your Rights!

Lean In research: How COVID-19 is impacting women

Even before COVID-19, women were playing on an uneven field. Now the pandemic is making everything worse. 

EqualPayCA Factsheet (Spanish)

Download the #EqualPayCA Factsheet in Spanish here and Conoce Tus Derechos!

National Women's Law Center: The Wage Gap

The wage gap typically translates into more than $10,000 per year in lost earnings for women. The good news is that there’s a clear path ahead to fair pay for women.

About #EqualPayCA

#EqualPayCA is a campaign led by the First Partner, in partnership with The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls focused on closing the pay gap in California. California has the strongest equal pay laws in the nation, but passing a law is only the first step – change doesn’t happen without education and implementation. So to help close the gap, the #EqualPayCA campaign is promoting and distributing new resources from the CCSWG’s Pay Equity Task Force, raising awareness about the causes and challenges of the pay gap through online education and on the ground events, and challenging businesses to commit to pay equity in the workplace through the CA Pay Equity Pledge.

“Achieving pay equity is not only an economic imperative, it is a necessary step to ensuring parity and the fair treatment of women in the workplace and in society as a whole.” 

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

First Partner of California