On the eve of Equal Pay Day, Facebook announced it has completely eliminated the wage gap between men and women at their company. Microsoft is not so far behind, revealing women at the tech giant earn 99.8 cents on average for every dollar their male counterparts make.
Vice President of people at Facebook, Lori Matloff Goler, released a statement on Facebook today:
Tomorrow is Equal Pay Day – a date, April 12th, chosen to mark how much further into the new year women have to work to earn the same amount as men. It’s a great awareness-raising moment. At Facebook, though, we think about equal pay year-round.
I’m proud to share that at Facebook, men and women earn the same.
Kathleen Hogan, VP of Human Resources at Microsoft, also released a blog post discussing Equal Pay Day and the company’s data on the pay wages of women and racial/ethnic minorities.
Today, for every $1 earned by men, our female employees in the U.S. earn 99.8 cents at the same job title and level. Racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. combined earn $1.004 for every $1 earned by their Caucasian counterparts.
These numbers reflect our commitment to equal pay for equal work, and I’m encouraged by these results.
Intel and Apple also have reportedly reached similar goals in terms of the gender wage gap within the last year.