The following resources are designed to provide women in dance with tools to improve money management and negotiating skills, as well as facts and figures to increase financial literacy. 

Financial Literacy Month is April, and what better time for women in dance to inform ourselves on money management, financing a freelance career, negotiating fair pay contracts, and more?!

Thanks to resources pulled from our friends at Ellevest, DDP has put together a Financial Literacy Checklist to provide women in dance with a guide to educating, refreshing, or honing your financial literacy and self-care, because we get it. Not everyone has the luxury or privilege to think about the future. Women in dance are faced with a unique set of challenges and circumstances. Some of you may be terrified, uncertain about where you will get your next paycheck. We hope that with this tool, you will find something that you can control. Arm yourself with knowledge so that the uncertainty doesn’t run so deep.

These solutions are both short-term and long-term; all we are suggesting here is that you do what you can.

The Gender Pay Gap is the disparity between salaries for men and women. This issue is widespread and persists even when controlling for factors like experience, industry, and job level. Take a look at the facts and figures to learn more about the severity of this issue in every field.

Get Informed: Facts & Figures

Depending on the study, women make an average of 81 or 82 cents on the dollar compared to men in the United States. The gap is often worse for women of color:

  • Latina women earn 54 cents, Native American women earn 57 cents, Black women earn 62 cents, White women earn 79 cents, and Asian women earn 90 cents for every dollar earned by White men.

The median annual pay differential for women and men can be anywhere from $10,194.00 to $11,900.00 per year. The gender pay gap also varies by state, with the narrowest gaps being in New York (89%) and California (88%) and the widest gaps being in Louisiana (70%), Utah (70%), and West Virginia (72%). Zooming in on the arts, we see that women make $20,000 less annually than their male counterparts, according to the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP).

It is important to note that women aren’t the only ones negatively affected by the gap – when women enter a male-dominated field, wages tend to go down, even for men.

The consequences of the pay gap are such that women’s ability to attain long-term economic stability, earning potential overtime, economic mobility, and more is severely limited.

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With all of that in mind, it is high time to take action

There are many ways to get involved in efforts to eliminate the gender pay gap. Write to your Members of Congress (MOCs) and encourage them to support legislative efforts related to pay equity – be aware of relevant legislation and advocacy that may accredit your assertions:

It is also crucial to talk to your peers about the gender pay gap. Efforts like this to bolster discourse are the first step in raising awareness of the reality of pay discrepancies. You can also support organizations like the Dance Data Project® who are advocating for closing the pay gap. Visit the DDP Resources page to learn more about organizations and studies that are keeping us informed and reinvigorating the essential dialogue surrounding this issue.

In an effort to support the next generation of female leaders, DDP is committed to gathering resources to help women negotiate for the job they deserve.  Best of luck in your next negotiation, and always call if you need someone to help you rehearse in advance of a “pitch.”

Huge thanks to Harvard Law School and the Project on Negotiation for these helpful documents!

Other Resources:

Negotiation Workshops and Events: