Pay Equity = Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value.  

Why is this topic important?
After college graduation, the playing fields for men and women should be even.  However, whenwomenare not paid the same pay for the same work, they start off behind and continue to lose income as well as opportunities for advancementthroughouttheir career.

 

Thinking about pay

Pay is just one part of your total offer package but makes an impact on your future.  To prepare you for positive conversations about pay, CAPD advises MIT students, postdocs, and graduates to review job offer information and tips on demystifying salary negotiation process; research MIT-specific pay data, regional and industry-specific information; consult a CAPD advisor or Sloan Career Development Office advisor; and, if you are looking for industry-specific information, connect with alumni in MIT’s Advisors Hub.  

The job offer templates by state give information to understand rights regarding non-compete agreements, verify whether your salary matches your co-workers’, and negotiate for contractual protections. We provide additional pay equity resources to support you throughout your career.

The pay equity FAQs and MIT’s AMITA Pay Equity Task Force provide resources and information from national thought leaders on research on the pay equity gap.

We use  the word “womXn” at times on this page to encompass a broader range of gender identities than “woman.”

Pay Equity Initiatives are an important and supported by our generous alumni and donor funds. Learn more about how your gift can make a difference. 

This page was last updated on January 23, 2024.

Recognizing Equal Pay Day

All pay days are not the same

WomXn working full time and year time are paid 84 cents for every dollar paid to a man who works full time.

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic representation to raise awareness about the wage gap and the impact that it has on women and their families. For most women of color that wage gap is even wider and they need to work longer into the year to make as much.

2024 Equal Pay Days
March 12 – Symbolic Day for All Women

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Women:  April 5
  • LGBTQIA+ People: June 15 (Awareness Day)
  • African American and Black Women: July 27
  • Moms: August 15
  • Hispanic and Latina Women: October 5
  • Native Women: November 30

Source: AAUW

Intersectionality of equal pay

Identity influences pay.

Quick facts:

  • African American and Black women work nine months in the year to earn the same pay as male coworkers
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander women are paid 75 cents for every dollar. However, Asian American and Pacific Islander women are multidimensional with stark differences among the subgroups.
  • Native American women pay is dependent on the tribe they belong to.
  • Hispanic and Latina women are most affected by the pay gap.

Recruiting MIT womXn? Ensure equal pay!

At MIT, women are 41% of the total student and 27% of total postdoc population in 2021 according to the MIT Diversity Dashboard.

CAPD and the Equal Pay Working Group offer recommendations for companies who recruit MIT students, postdocs and graduates for pay equity in addition to advice for recruiting underrepresented students. 

Review CAPD’s employer pages and connect with CAPD’s Recruiting Team, hire@mit.edu to hire our students, postdocs, and graduates.


MIT Equal Pay Working Group

Who are we?

MIT Equal Pay Working Group raises awareness of the issue of pay inequity.   Led by CAPD and AMITA (Association of MIT Alumnae) the group comprises students, staff, and alumnae from:

  • Career Advising and Professional Development
  • Department of Urban Studies & Planning
  • Association of MIT Alumnae
  • Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program
  •  PKG Public Service Center
  • Women and Gender Studies
  •  Sloan Alumni Relations
  • Sloan Career Development Office
  • MIT School of Management Undergraduate Office, and
  • Supported by Institutional Research

The group’s mission is to collaborate to promote pay equity for MIT students and graduates from diverse backgrounds and experiences at the beginning and throughout their career.  Interested in connecting with the working group for programming or sponsorship, contact equalpaywg@mit.edu.

Pay Equity and negotiation workshops and programming

We work with MIT departments and groups to provide information on  pay  and negotiation for students, postdocs, and graduates.  Interested in having us speak to your group or come to an event, send a request to our email.


It’s Equal Pay Day. Women earn 84 cents for every dollar men make — or even less

HEARD ON ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

by Andrea Hsu | NPR

Equal Pay Day has come around again, and it feels a little like Groundhog Day.

Despite the annual reminder about how far into the new year women have to work to …

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Simona Rosu Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
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Propelling Pay Equity Forward: Strategies For a Fairer Future

by Mary Gatta and Deborah Liverman NACE Journal / Winter 2024

Mitigating Gender Pay Disparity

As fields that have a greater composition of men have higher rates of pay than predominately female fields, one possible way to close the pay gap …

By Deborah Liverman
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2023: Fall Career Fair: Employer Equal Pay Initiatives

You can review this list of MIT Fall Career Fair 2023 employers who shared the pay equity efforts conducted at their company. Some companies have multiple efforts listed, so be sure to click on the “equal pay efforts being conducted” column.

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Q1 Signer Briefing: Women and Money- Closing Gender Wage and Wealth Gaps Through Straight Talk on Investing

The Boston Women’s Workforce Council in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement hosts talks throughout the year on pay equity. This talk from Feb 2023 features Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a financial company built for …

By Deborah Liverman
Deborah Liverman Executive Director, Career Advising & Professional Development
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National Association of College and Employers Women and Tech Careers Report Released

One of the study’s key findings is the impact college career services can have in leveling the playing field for women in general and in particular, for women pursuing tech careers. Specifically, Undergraduate men get more job offers than undergraduate …

By Deborah Liverman
Deborah Liverman Executive Director, Career Advising & Professional Development
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A presentation by immigration attorney Elizabeth Goss from the firm Goss Associates from Boston, MA.
The presentation slides are available …

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2022 Fall Career Fair, 2024 Spring Career Night: Employer Equal Pay Initiatives

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