Millennial women who are just one year out of college are paid on average 82 cents for every dollar paid to their male peers, according to the 2012 research report "Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year After College Graduation," published by the American Association of University Women. The same report found that 20% of women working full time a year after graduation are devoting more than 15% of their earnings to paying back college loans.
Now, with the help of a grant from the AAUW's Campus Action Project, CSUN's Women's Research and Resource Center is presenting "The Difference a Dollar Makes," which seeks to raise awareness on campus regarding the impact this gender pay gap has on female graduates. Through a semester-long project embedded in the Gender and Women's Studies course Women, Work and Family, students will learn about and explore issues around women's pay inequity. At the end of the semester students will create campus installations using compelling imagery and informative signage to represent how the gap can limit a woman's ability to financially compete in today's society.
"The Difference a Dollar Makes" also presented Equal Pay Day activities on April 9. Originated in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Inequity, Equal Pay Day represents how far into the present year women must work on average to earn salaries equivalent to what their male counterparts earned in the previous year. In tandem with these activities, the WRRC is presenting two $tart $mart salary negotiation workshops to help students in their attempts to bridge this wage gap as they graduate into the workforce.
CSUN was one of 10 universities selected for the AAUW CAP grant nationally. During this fiscally challenging time, awareness of the gender pay gap is of utmost importance to our students. As they think about their career paths post-graduation, they must also consider ways in which pay inequity can impact their road to success. By the end of the spring semester, students from all over campus will have had the opportunity to consider realities and potential responses surrounding gender and compensation issues.
Members of the campus community should keep an eye out for installations between April 22 and May 3. Each installation will feature explanatory signage as well as a visitor's log and comment boxes, so please let our students know you stopped to consider their message!