Reprinted from The Huffington Post by Laura Bassett on August 31, 2016.
The White House announced in late August that 29 new private sector companies including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Target, Visa and General Motors have signed a pledge committing to closing the gender pay gap for their employees.
“Women employees at Apple earn one dollar for every dollar male employees earn,” Apple said in a statement. “We’re now analyzing the salaries, bonuses, and annual stock grants of all our employees worldwide. If a gap exists, we’ll address it.”
Women working full time in the United States earn an average of 79 cents for every dollar men earn, according to the most recent Census Bureau data. The gap is much worse for African American women, who are paid only 63 cents for every dollar paid to white men…