A lot of companies spent March 8 celebrating the women in their workforce as part of International Women's Day. Here at Plastics News, that meant we got a lot of news releases and saw a lot of social media posts from companies and associations praising their female employees.
But let's take a moment to remember that social media praise isn't as important as action.
The data gurus at Statista marked the day by sending out a reminder of this sobering statistic: Women still make less than men — on average — for the same work, 84 cents vs. $1. Black, Hispanic and Native American women fare even worse: 67 cents for Black women and 57 cents for Latina and Indigenous women. Asian American women fare best in comparison with their male counterparts at 92 cents vs. the dollar, but that's still less than the average white, non-Hispanic man.
"The money females in the U.S. earn compared to men has been increasing slowly in recent years, especially for Asian women," Statista data journalist Katharina Buchholz wrote on the site. "However, at a rate of a 2-cent increase per year, Latina [and Native American] women would still have to wait another 22 years for pay parity."