Equal Pay Now

At news organizations across the country, women and people of color are paid less than their coworkers doing the same job. In fact, as a group, women in the U.S. had to work through most of March 2021 to catch up to men’s earnings for 2020. For women of color, it takes even longer. Women's Equal Pay Day is set for March 24. Asian Women's Equal Pay Day will be observed March 9. Black Women's Equal Pay Day is Aug. 3. Native Women's Equal Pay Day is Sept. 8. Latina Equal Pay Day is Oct. 21.

NewsGuild members are standing together for transparency and equal pay for all.

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$10,194 — The DIFFERENCE in MEDIAN SALARIES between men & women in 2018

$800,000 — LIFETIME WAGES LOST by college-educated women compared to equally qualified men

What is Equal Pay Day?

Equal Pay Days symbolize the fact that women in the U.S. must work well into 2021 to catch up to men's earnings for 2020. Women's Equal Pay Day will be marked on March 24. For women of color, it takes even longer:

  • Asian women - March 9
  • Black women - Aug. 3
  • Native women - Sept. 8
  • Latinas - Oct. 21

People of color, both men and women, earn less on average than their white counterparts.

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In News Organizations Across the Country, The Pay Gap is Real

NewsGuild studies conducted over the last several years show that disparities in pay are rampant at publications across the country: Women and people of color earn less on average than their counterparts – even at the most prestigious publications.

Take a look at the shocking wage gap at the Wall Street Journal:

Wall St Journal Pay Gap

“I was shocked and disappointed to learn that I was being paid less than some of my white colleagues. I turned my anger into action, and I am now on a mission with The NewsGuild to fight for pay equity for journalists of color and women in newsrooms around the country. I will not be silent on a defining civil rights issue. I encourage those who believe in fairness and justice to stand with me.”
“After we organized our union, we received records that confirmed what I had long suspected: I was the lowest paid person on my team – and the only woman. I used the information to negotiate a five-figure raise. Had we not organized, I wouldn’t have been able to do that.”
“A female co-worker seemed uncomfortable when she approached me in the parking lot and asked me how much money I made. I made a lot more than she did, even though we had the same educational experience and she had more work experience. Similar conversations with the same results sparked our union campaign. Fighting for equal pay is going to be a priority for our union.”
“You don’t really know if you are being paid what your peers with similar experience and seniority are making. You’re not quite sure, right? If this were any other industry, we would be exposing disparity in salaries. And we would be exposing it for the purpose of change. We should be doing that in our industry as well.”
“As a reporter who is way too familiar with being the only Latina in a newsroom, the issue of pay equity was a big reason I asked to join the team negotiating our first contract.”
“The union gave us a way to prove that everything we suspected about inequity was true. And it gave us the power to fight it.”
“When I learned a union had the right to pay data during the bargaining process — and that said data could be scientifically analyzed to determine if pay discrimination exists — I was floored. Why weren't people talking about this? It seemed like half-a-reason to unionize in and of itself.”
“As a woman of color, I’m proud to belong to a union that fights for the same pay for the same experience.”