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Faculty Sponsor

James Gabbard

Department/Program

Visual Communication and Design

Abstract

As of 2015, women in the United States are paid only 80% of what men are paid. This is call the gender pay gap, because it calculates the difference in the median earnings of men and women. The data used to calculate earnings comes from three separate sources: the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, it is important to note that the gender pay gap is often worse in the Midwest Regio the United States. Indiana, for example, exhibits a larger pay gap of 24% (women are paid o 76% of what men are paid). The gender pay gap impacts all women, regardless of demographic, in an abundance of respects. The most notable adverse effect, however, is poverty. Studies show that the gender pay gap contributes directly to women’s poverty levels and if the gap could be closed, women’s poverty levels in the United States could be cut in h While the gap is narrowing, it is narrowing too slowly. At the current rate, women will not rea equal pay until as early as 2059 or as late as 2152. In order to combat the gender pay gap issue, and close the gap sooner, women need professional support systems in place. This is what my organization, Pillar, would provide. Pil is a professional, membership-based organization which serves to support women working i creative industries, living in the tristate area of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Support systems include a private, online forum to connect them with women in their same fields, as well as networking events, salary negotiation and interviewing strategy workshops, resume and personal brand building guidance, meetup groups with other members, and access to speak from prominent members of their field. By arming women with knowledge, resources and strategies, they can be their own successful advocates for closing the gender pay gap.

The Pillar, Elavating Women

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