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Former Employee Highlighted Pay Inequality at Google by Publishing Company Salaries

How one woman investigated painful disparities inside the enormous company—all with a simple document.

A google nap pod. image via Flickr user Joe Loong.

For many people, Google is the workplace of dreams. A place where you can sit on giant bouncing balls while speculating about immortal robots and eating complimentary Asian fusion cronuts. But for others, including former Google engineer Erica Baker, it’s a place marked by “not great trends,” including potential disparities in pay dependent on gender and ethnicity. Just recently, Baker decided to test her hypothesis, and encouraged everyone to post their salaries to a public document, investigating key inequities in the process.

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Equal Pay Day is April 14, But Not For All Women

The struggle of the white woman is valid and important, but it’s not the whole story.

Every year, Equal Pay Day is a solemn reminder of the fact that women by and large are not valued in the workplace. Originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 in order to draw attention to the gender disparity, the day of observance marks the date that the average woman would have to work in order to earn the same pay that the average man earned the year before.

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Equal Pay Day Tips for Working Women

Whether you’re just starting your career or are already pressed firmly against that glass ceiling, here's a handy guide for succeeding like a man.


Ladies, today we celebrate a great milestone. As of April 12, 2011, we have officially caught up to what our male counterparts earned in 2010. It only took us an extra 102 days! Personally I’m feeling as empowered as a vintage Virginia Slims ad, but a lot of people are asking why, in the year 2011, such a large wage gap—77 cents for women compared to each $1 earned by men—still exists.

Well, I’m here to tell you it’s definitely not about sexism! Women of America, you’re doing the same work but making less than your male counterparts because you just don’t have their workplace savvy. Luckily there’s a lot of research out there about what women can do to improve their standing in the professional world, and I’ve compiled a handy guide for you. Whether you’re just starting your career or already pressed firmly against that glass ceiling, there’s something here for everyone.

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