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YWCA Alaska’s Board of Directors has resolved to eliminate the Gender Pay Gap in Alaska by 2025

Anchorage, Alaska – August 25, 2014

Announcement to be made today at Women’s Equality Day rally at YWCA Alaska held at 324 East 5th Avenue, from 4:30pm – 6pm. 

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the 94th anniversary of Congress passing the Women’s Suffrage Amendment guaranteeing all American women the right to vote.

Economically, women still have a long way to go. Women in America still earn only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns and in Alaskan women only earn 67 cents for every dollar a man earns making Alaska 43rd in the nation for women’s pay. Over the course of her career, a typical woman working in Alaska loses $646,000. 

In conjunction with United Way’s 90% x 2020 initiative the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation’s Live. Work. Play. Initiative, YWCA Alaska is ensuring that for women and girls Alaska is an economically viable place to live.

YWCA Alaska declares that the norm of paying women in Alaska 67 cents for every dollar earned by a man is unacceptable. We have chosen to act now because the gender pay gap in Alaska has decreased by only 5 cents in the last 20 years.  Without intervention, at that rate, women will not achieve pay equality until the year 2142, making 4 generations of women wait.

About the YWCA

YWCA Alaska began in 1989 as the YWCA of Anchorage. In 2011, the YWCA of Anchorage expanded its geographical reach to include the remaining 584,450 square miles of the state to become YWCA Alaska. YWCA Alaska is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. This is done through five major programming areas that work collaboratively to strengthen a person’s ability to thrive in today’s world. These programming areas are: Women’s Economic Empowerment, Youth Empowerment, Social Justice, Women’s Leadership and Women’s Wellness.

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In Alaska, women earn only .67 cents for every dollar men earn. The national average is .77 cents. 

Alaska ranks 43rd in the nation for women’s pay.

The economic and societal impact is great    

In today’s Alaska, women make up nearly 48% of the workforce.[1]

89% of registered nurses are women, but female nurses make only 95% of male nurses’ earnings.[2]

76% of teachers are women, but female teachers earn just 83% of their male counterparts’ earnings.[3]

The financial disparity is substantial

Over the course of her career, a typical woman working in Alaska loses $646,000.[4]

In the highest paying occupation for women - physicians and surgeons - men make an average of $62,901 more than women annually.[5]

In the largest Alaskan occupation - retail salespersons - 58% of workers are women, but they earn an average of $4,842 less than their male counterparts.[6]

Change is coming too slowly

The gender pay gap in Alaska only decreased 5 cents from 1990-2010.[7]


[1] Schultz, “Gender and Earnings,” 4.

[2] Schultz, “Gender and Earnings,” 11.

[3] Schultz, “Gender and Earnings,” 10-13.

[4] Schultz, “Gender and Earnings,” 4.

[5] Schultz, “Gender and Earnings,” 9.

[6] Schultz, “Gender and Earnings,” 9.

[7] Schultz, “Gender and Earnings,” 4.

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