Equal Pay Day made its appearance again \u2014 the day in 2018 through which U.S. white women had to work to earn what the average U.S. white man earned in 2017. Black women\u2019s Equal Pay Day isn\u2019t until Aug. 20, and Latinas Equal Pay Day is Nov. 1.\nDepending on whom you ask, the gender wage gap is between 18 percent and 20 percent across all industries, though it is narrower in the technology sector. The gap widens, though, as women gain experience, according to a Hired report. And a recent 2018 Women in Tech report from HackerRank shows that women in technology who are over 35 years old are 3.5 times more likely to be in junior roles than their male counterparts.\nLarge enterprise companies such as Salesforce, Intel and Adobe have made headlines for identifying and rectifying the pay gap within their workforces, and even smaller organizations such as Instructure and Hired are conducting pay equity reviews to make sure women and men are paid equally.\n\n[ Read also: How #MeToo and #TimesUp impact IT hiring. | Get the latest CIO insights direct, with our CIO Daily newsletter. ]\n\nEven with heightened awareness and newsworthy action, though, a number of pervasive myths stubbornly remain about the gender pay gap, which Kristen Bellstrom debunks in a Fortune article, including the fact that a full 37 percent of men surveyed say the gap it doesn\u2019t exist.\nHow to address pay inequalities\nWhat else can be done to address pay inequalities? States, including Oregon, Massachusetts and California, have made it illegal for hiring companies to ask for your salary history, which is a step in the right direction. Also, comprehensive compensation planning strategy can ensure companies actually pay equal wages for equal work. And transparent pay structures and having open conversations about how much certain skills and experience are worth can also help.\nStrengthening equal pay laws so that women have the tools they need to fight back against pay discrimination, increasing the availability of child care, providing flexible work arrangements, providing paid leave, and having union protections are overall policies that will help, too, according to the National Women\u2019s Law Center.\nWhile there\u2019s progress being made, we still have a long way to go.