Apple, Facebook and other tech giants sign White House pledge to pay women equally to men

Some of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech players have signed onto a pledge to pay women equally to men, the White House announced today.

Apple, Facebook, Intel, LinkedIn, Dropbox and Akamai Technologies have put their names to the White House Equal Pay Pledge. Airbnb, Pinterest and Salesforce had signed on previously.

“The typical woman working full-time all year in the United States only earns 79 percent of what a typical man working full-time all year earns,” the White House said. “While the gap has narrowed slightly over the past few years, there is much more work to be done to ensure fair pay for all.”

In the White House press release, Apple said it had achieved gender equity in pay in the U.S. and was analyzing compensation of employees outside the country. Facebook said it pays men and women equally; Intel said the same. The other Silicon Valley firms that just signed the pledge said they reviewed the issue regularly.

However, with women making up only about 30 percent of the workforce in major tech companies, achieving equal pay is only half the battle.


Photo: Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple headquarters in Cupertino. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)


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  • Jim Dahmus

    So they are pledging to obey a law which has been on the books for about fifty years

  • observer

    So Marissa Mayer’s 55 mil severance bonus when she leaves Yahoo is only 79% of what a male CEO would get?? I didn’t realize she was so oppressed.

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    It’s about time!

  • So Cal Guest

    Why are they doing this now? If they were good liberals always wouldn’t this be a non-story?