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Women’s Equal Pay Day

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Womens Equal Pay Day is the date that symbolizes how far into the year women in the U.S. must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color. Starting in 2022, data now includes part-time, seasonal, and gig workers, many of whom are essential workers piecing together multiple part-time jobs to get by.

78 cents: that’s approximately how much women who work full time year-round + part time and part year are paid for every dollar paid to non-Hispanic, White men, according to census data from 2022.

84 cents: that’s approximately how much women who work full time year-round are paid for every dollar paid to non-Hispanic, White men.

Tuesday: that's how far into the next work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week.

After 2 p.m.: that's approximately when, if you look at a typical 9:00-5:00 work day, women start working for free.

It adds up: The loss in lifetime earnings is over $500,000 for the average woman and over $800,000 for college-educated women.

2059: that's approximately how long it's projected it would take for women's pay to catch up to men's pay.

If current trends continue, Hispanic women will wait over 200 years for equal pay. Black women will wait over 100 years.

Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages. (It was originally called “National Pay Inequity Awareness Day” and changed to Equal Pay Day in 1998.) Local Equal Pay Day activists organize rallies, lobby days, speak-outs, letter-writing campaigns, workshops, and meetings with employers, policy-makers, and enforcement agencies to promote effective solutions for closing the wage gap. Some wear red on this day as a symbol of how far women and minorities are "in the red" with their pay.

Equal Pay Today's website has a wealth of interesting information about women's pay

Also, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has additional information about pay equity for all women and everyone in their "The Simple Truth" document  here

What you can do today: One of the contributing factors to pay inequity is that workers accepting job offers often don't know how to negotiate their pay. AAUW offers free pay negotiation training online and it's available to everyone. Everyone can sign up and take it  here.
Tuesday, March 12, 2024
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