Time’s Up, Pay Up

The pay gap is about so much more than the numbers. It harms the lives of women everywhere — no matter our profession or the size of our paycheck. Closing the pay gap — and addressing the factors that perpetuate it — are fundamental to TIME’S UP’s vision of a world where work is safe, fair, and dignified for everyone.

Through the “Time’s Up, Pay Up” campaign, TIME’S UP and our partners are working to close the pay gap by driving the national conversation, educating employers and employees, encouraging companies to take action, and pushing for bold policy change.

Across the board, women in the United States are paid far less than men. On average, women make 82 cents for every dollar paid to men — and the gap is much wider for women of color: Black women earn 62 cents for every dollar, Native American women 57 cents, and Latinx women earn 54 cents. Most women of color lose close to a million dollars over the course of their career due to the pay gap.

Pay inequity is one of the most stark illustrations of the fight that lies ahead for safe, fair, and dignified workplaces. That’s why TIME’S UP is tackling the three main factors that drive the gap:

  1. Women face outright gender and racial discrimination, which is the driving force behind the pay gap.
  2. Women are overrepresented in low-wage jobs — like child care providers, home health aides, and teachers. In 2017, women made up nearly two-thirds of the nearly 24 million workers in the 40 lowest-paying jobs.
  3. Women shoulder the greater burden of home and caregiving responsibilities, which means they often spend more time away from work. For example, mothers make just 70 cents for every dollar paid to fathers.

Ending the pay gap for good is going to take all of us stepping up to demand that everyone is paid their worth — period. Learn more and join the fight.