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Equal Pay Day: Women In Tech Are Still Making Less Than Men

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Part-time and full-time working women in the United States earned about 85 percent of what men did in 2018, according to gender pay gap data from the Pew Research Center.

Equal Pay Day, which falls on Tuesday (April 2) this year, marks how far into the succeeding year women would have to work in order to have earned as much as men did in the previous year.

In the tech industry—which regularly grapples with numbers that show it's predominantly made up of white men—disparity in pay is shrinking, but slowly.

Glassdoor, a site that corrals employment information on companies, looked at more than a half million salary reports and found that it will take 51 years of progress at the present pace to close the pay gap.  

In "Progress on the Gender Pay Gap: 2019," Glassdoor found the adjusted pay gap in tech is 5.4 percent, slightly above the national average of 4.9 percent. While it's improving, the gap has closed just 0.5 percentage point since 2016.

"The State of Wage Inequality in the Workplace," a report from tech recruiting platform Hired, found that in the tech industry, white and Asian women made 97 cents for every dollar white and Asian men made. The amount dropped for black (89 cents) and and Hispanic women (91 cents).

Meanwhile, not all tech workers are convinced there's a problem. The report stated that "64% of female survey respondents believe a racial wage gap exists due to racial identity, while 54% of men believe it exists."

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