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Native American Women's Equal Pay Day

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Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day is the day that Native American women in the U.S. must work until before they earn the equivalent of what men were paid 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.

More than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Native American women working full time, year-round and part-time are paid 55 cents for every dollar paid to non-Hispanic, White men, according to census data from 2022.

Native American women who work full time year-round are paid 59 cents for every dollar paid to non-Hispanic, White men.

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.

For more information about Equal Pay Day, see the National Committee on Pay Equity website

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

Also, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has additional information about pay equity for all women 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. You can sign up and take it  here.
Thursday, November 30, 2023
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