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'Break the bias' theme for International Women's Day rings familiar in Nevada

International Women's Day Pittsburgh
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A group gathers on the steps of the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh for a rally in support of International Women's Day Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

It’s pretty well known that women get paid less for doing the same job as men.

In Nevada, for instance, the average is 86 cents paid to a woman for every dollar that a man makes. For Black women in Nevada, according to the National Women’s Law Center, it’s 66 cents for every dollar, and for Latina women, it’s 54 cents for every dollar.

It’s not just hourly jobs where bias is found or alleged.

Last year, Nevada’s top university executive claimed she was being undermined by university regents because she was a woman. A subsequent investigation said it wasn’t gender bias, but there were possible ethics violations.

But gender bias is a real thing. Two years ago, a United Nations world report found 90% of men and women hold some kind of bias against women.

Tuesday is International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme is “break the bias.”

Jamie Palmer, asst. professor of sociology, Nevada State College; Jolene Mannina, owner, SecretBurger.com and Vegas Test Kitchen founding member; Myisha Boyce, vice chair, Nevada Commission on Minority Affairs; Amy Merrell, executive director, The Cupcake Girls

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Kristen Kidman is the senior producer at KNPR’s State of Nevada and is proud to be from Las Vegas.
Lorraine Blanco Moss is the host of KNPR's award-winning Asian American Pacific Islander podcast, Exit Spring Mountain. She's also a producer for State of Nevada, specializing in food and hospitality, women's issues, and sports. She started at Nevada Public Radio in October 2021.