2015 Equal Pay

Equal Pay

The gender wage gap in California contributes to its high rate of poverty and adversly affects women in nearly every field, no matter their income or educatinoal status.  In 2013, a woman in California working full time, year-round earned a median of 85 cents for every dollar a man earned.1  This gap is even greater for women of color.  For example, Latinas in California make only 44 cents for every dollar a white man makes - one of the worst Latina wage gaps in the nation.2  As a group, full-time working women in California lose over $33 billion dollars each year due to the wage gap.3

1National Partnership for Women and Families: California Women and the Wage Gap, 2013.
2National Partnership for Women and Families: Latinas and the Wage Gap, 2015.
3See note 1.

 

Senate Bill 358 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

The California Fair Pay Act will strengthen the state's existing equal pay law by eliminating loopholes that prevent effective enforcement and empowering employees to discuss pay without fear of retaliation.

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Implementation of California Fair Pay Act with Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette

Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette joins Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Chair of the Women's Caucus, to discuss the California Fair Pay Act.

Governor Signs Landmark Equal Pay Legislation

After Governor Jerry Brown signs SB 358, California now has one of the toughest equal pay laws in the country.

Press Conference on Equal Pay - August 2015

LWC members and advocates support SB 358 before the bill is taken up on the Assembly Floor.

Press Conference on Equal Pay - February 2015

Democratic members of the California's Legislative Women's Caucus announce plans for legislation to address the wage gap that women face at work.

 

What is the Gender-Based Wage Gap Where You Live?

Wage Gap by Congressional District*


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District Precent of Men's Median Pay Amount Lost Per Year District Percent of Men's Median Pay Amount Lost Per Year
1 72% $13,902 28 86% $7,264
2 80% $12,202 29 95% $1,595
3 84% $8,008 30 90% $5,020
4 78% $13,699 31 81% $8,754
5 93% $3,501 32 87% $5,301
6 96% $1,627 33 72% $25,077
7 86% $7,620 34 104% -$1,041
8 85% $6,571 35 84% $6,115
9 86% $6,479 36 84% $6,043
10 79% $10,732 37 100% $141
11 76% $16163 38 85% $6,529
12 81% $13,996 39 86% $7,815
13 102% -$866 40 92% $2,026
14 84% $9,744 41 79% $8,579
15 73% $18,945 42 76% $13,108
16 89% $4,086 43 94% $2,595
17 69% $28,548 44 98% $525
18 70% $29,976 45 74% $20,579
19 86% $7,807 46 98% $598
20 99% $301 47 87% $6,201
21 83% $5,419 48 77% $15,293
22 95% $2,191 49 91% $4,466
23 71% $14,398 50 85% $6,925
24 80% $9,799 51 86% $4,887
25 80% $11,606 52 80% $13,343
26 83% $8,860 53 86% $6,973
27 90% $5,404