COVID Economy Heightens Need for Nonprofit Gender Equity Policies

COVID Economy Heightens Need for Nonprofit Gender Equity Policies

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How will the nonprofit sector respond? The Foraker Group, a 501c3 nonprofit that acts as a trade association of Alaska’s nonprofits, released a report this month that looked at gender pay disparities in that state’s nonprofit sector. The data, of course, is from before the pandemic, but it helps put some of the current challenges in context. And it serves as a reminder that gender inequality during the pandemic unfortunately builds on a legacy of gender discrimination pre-pandemic.

There is good news and bad news contained in the Foraker report. The good news: the gender wage gap in the nonprofit sector is less bad than that the state as a whole. The bad news: women, who are 65 percent of employees in the state’s nonprofit sector, still only earn 79 percent as much as men (in the economy as whole, they earn 72 percent as much as men and the pace of change is so slow that the study estimates the gap would not be fully closed until 2277).

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Nonprofit Quarterly
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