SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – April 2 is Equal Pay Day, bringing attention to the fact that many women in the U.S. still make less than men for the same work.
April 2 symbolizes approximately the day that women catch up to men’s earnings from the year before.
On average, women in Missouri make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, according to Women’s Foundation.
And because of those numbers, the Women’s Foundation in partnership with the American Association of University Women is offering free pay negotiation online training for women, called WorkSmart Online.
Jenifer Abreu talked to Wendy Doyle, president, and CEO of the Women’s Foundation about this training.
Doyle says the difference is even bigger in rural communities with the widest gap being 51 cents for every dollar men make for the same work.
She says at the pace we are on, it’s projected women will be paid the same as men by the year 2059.
The goal of WorkSmart is to train one million women in 5 years to better negotiate their salary.
To sign up for the free pay negotiation online training, click here.