By Queenie Wong
The Mercury News
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) This article takes a look at a national campaign by LeanIn.Org on Equal Pay Day. The campaign, called #20PercentCounts, aims to raise awareness about the pay gap that exists between men and women and encourage others to take action.
SAN JOSE, Calif.
Anna Dapelo-Garcia has managed employees for about two decades, but she’s never had women ask for a pay increase or negotiate their salaries in the way that men do.
“I’ve had males ask me for more money, and it amazes me how confident they are in doing it,” said Dapelo-Garcia, 54, an administrative director for patient access services at Stanford Health Care in Stanford, Calif.
On Tuesday, the Mountain View resident will be among leaders participating in a national campaign by LeanIn.Org on Equal Pay Day. The campaign, called #20PercentCounts, aims to raise awareness about the pay gap that exists between men and women and encourage others to take action.
Women on average are paid 20 percent less than men in the United States, according to Census data compiled by LeanIn.Org and the National Partnership for Women & Families. Black women are paid 37 percent less than men while Hispanic women make 46 percent less, data show.
In California, women are paid 14 percent less than men, which is lower than the national average.
The reasons for the gender pay gap are multifaceted. Research shows, though, that discrimination and unconscious bias along with differences in experience and education are some factors, according to a fact sheet by the National Partnership for Women & Families.
“Equal pay is essential to the goal of gender equality,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer and founder of LeanIn.Org, in a statement. “This issue speaks to how we value women’s labor, knowledge, time, training and so much more. In short, it’s about women’s worth. There’s nothing more fundamental than that.”