A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau found that women are still earning less than their male counterparts in most occupations. The widest wage disparities are found in sales and finance positions even though women tend to comprise 45-55 percent of that workforce.
But for black and Latina women, Equal Pay Day will be even further on Aug. 7, 2018, and Nov. 1, 2018, for full-time, year-round workers.
The pay gap has been on a steady decrease for the last 50 years largely due to the higher numbers of women present in the workforce and increased representation in higher education, according to Lynda Laughlin, chief of the Industry and Occupation Statistics branch at the U.S. Census Bureau.
The report, which was released on Tuesday, showed that one of the largest disparities between men and women’s earnings is found in the financial services sector, where a male financial manager earns a median of $100,505 whereas a woman in the same position would earn a median of $62,089.
Even in a female dominated industry like nursing where women comprise 88 percent of the workforce, their male counterparts still earned more with at a median salary of $70,952, while female nurses earned a median salary of $64,413.
With the spread of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements, many celebrities have taken to social media, the red carpet, and interviews to speak out on the prevalence of pay inequalities in Hollywood and the entertainment industry.
“We have to infiltrate our industries. Period. We have to," she added. "That alone will shift the power balance."