WHAT IS EQUAL PAY DAY?
Amidst the history-in-the-making Supreme Court seat battle and appointment this week, you might have missed that Tuesday was Equal Pay Day in the United States. Equal Pay Day illustrates how far into the year the women of a given country must work in order to make the same amount as men in the previous year, and it’s meant to bring awareness to the lack of wage equity.
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National Organization for Women (NOW): Also a champion of female reproductive rights and freedom from violence or gender discrimination in all areas, NOW considers economic equality and equal rights for women, ideally through an amendment to the Constitution, to be one of its central tenets.
American Association of University Women (AAUW): Founded in 1881, AAUW has historically focused on education equality for women, but has also been a strong voice in the fight for the Paycheck Fairness Act. Their current campaign, #StandUptoSexism, draws awareness to how everyday sexism can make women doubt themselves, and encourages them to respond differently to feeling undervalued.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): Everyone’s hero organization since the day after the election and/or the day it was founded in 1920, the ACLU is committed to fighting for the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Unalternative Facts on Equal Pay
FACT: American women must work 44 days into 2017 in order to make as much as men made in 2016.
FACT: The gap for working moms on average is $0.70 to the dollar. They have to work an extra 6 months to make what fathers earn in a year.
FACT: The pay gap for women of color is even worse. Black women make just $0.63 for every dollar a white man earns, Hispanic/Latina women earn $0.54.
FACT: At the current rate of wage equality improvement, American women as a whole will have to wait until 2059 to achieve pay parity, while black women will have to wait until 2124, and Hispanic/Latina women will have to wait until 2248.
FACT: The Paycheck Fairness Act was first introduced to Congress in 1997. That means that it has been stymied for 20 whole years, generally by Republican elected officials. The 2010 version of the bill had no Republican co-sponsors, and since then has been filibustered by Republicans on three separate occasions.
Source: Institute for Women’s Policy Research
WANT SOME MORE INFO?
Check out this Fact Sheet on Five Ways to Win an Argument about the Gender Wage Gap.
Or, for more information on the Paycheck Fairness Act, check out this super-useful Fact Sheet from the National Partnership for Women and Families.
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