Berkeley Haas Case Series

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Eliminating the Gender Pay Gap: Gap Inc. Leads the Way
McElhaney, Kellie A., and Genevieve Smith
Publication date: 7/1/2017, pages 1-17

This case examines Gap Inc. as a trailblazer in gender pay equality with a focus on investing in gender equity in leadership. Since Gap Inc. made history in 2014 by becoming the first Fortune 500 company to announce that it pays female and male employees equally for equal work, attention towards equal pay by individual employees, companies and governments has continued to grow. This case provides a historic perspective of pay in the U.S., defines methods for accurately measuring it, identifies the barriers to equal pay, and describes practices and policies companies can implement to achieve equal pay and attain higher representation of female leadership. This case highlights how Gap has achieved equal pay and continues to ensure it, including through annual pay analysis, the prevalence of sponsorship, family-friendly policies and more.

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