Great news, gals: The pay disparity between men and women in Oregon is a little less awful than it was in the recent past.
According to new US Census data crunched by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Oregon women made 82 cents for every 1 dollar made by an Oregon man in 2017. Salary-wise, that's an annual average of $50,965 for men in Oregon compared to and $41,572 for women.
That's up from the 79 cents per man dollar we made in 2016. But, don't get too excited—that number has jumped around the same spot for the past decade. In 2015, it was 81 cents.In 2014, it was 82 cents.
It's also worth noting that the gender wage gap is always much, much wider for women of color. Census data collected between 2012 and 2016 show that on average, Latina Oregonians make about 51 cents per every dollar earned by a man. That goes up to 62 cents for every Native American woman in Oregon and 66 cents for every Black woman in Oregon. It's safe to assume those numbers haven't changed much in the past few years.
New legislation however, may change Oregon's stagnant pattern. In May 2017, the state legislature passed the monumental Equal Pay Act, which put strict regulations on an employer's ability to pay male and female employees differently for doing the same amount of work. The bill allowed employers up until the end of 2018 to put the new provisions into place, meaning the census data won't truly reflect its impact for a few more years.
Progress takes time. Until then, keep negotiating salaries, asking for raises, and interrupting men in meetings. Those 18 cents matter.