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Prevention InitiativeThe Gender Wage Gap

Women in the United States earn 83 cents for every dollar a man earns. This trend is known as the gender wage gap, or pay inequity. The gender wage gap exists irrespective of industry and level of education and is even worse for mothers and women of color. PCADV released its latest version of the gender wage gap fact sheet, which highlights the negative impacts on women, both economically and on their health, many of which are also known to be risk factors for domestic violence. Employers can also help close the gender wage gap. Addressing the gender wage gap can help employers and organizations create a more inclusive and equitable workplace while reaping the benefits of a motivated, engaged, and diverse workforce. Learn more with our latest pay equity action steps infographic.

The wage gap is worse for women of color, women with disabilities, and mothers. Racism and other systemic oppressions have women of color on path to not see wage equity for another one to two hundred-plus years.

If you are interested in training, having a presenter at your event, or collaborating with our prevention team’s pay equity work, contact Aishwarya Sinha at

“PCADV’s efforts show how the lack of pay equity can have dire consequences for women beyond its economic impact.”

Announcement PCADV’s Pay Equity Work Receives Statewide Award and National Recognition

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) PA have both recognized the impacts and successes of PCADV’s work to raise awareness of the gender wage gap and show the negative financial and health effects on women—especially women of color—in Pennsylvania.

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Pay Equity Resources

As part of our mission to end domestic violence, PCADV has released a new report and fact sheet on the state of the gender wage gap in the U.S. and Pennsylvania. The report explores the links between pay inequity and domestic violence, as well as potential action steps to achieve pay equity.

The Gender Wage Gap and Economic Justice for Survivors

The gender wage gap impacts and intersects with financial abuse. Cited as one of the most significant factor in preventing victims from leaving abusive situations, financial abuse occurs in 98% of domestic violence cases. PCADV’s economic justice and empowerment work, in conjunction with our work on the issue of pay equity, aims to empower survivors and potential victims with the resources and skills to live safe, independent lives.

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