“Happy” Equal Pay Day!
Today is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day on which women’s earnings finally catch up to what men made the previous year. Those extra 3 months of work equate to the 20 percent gender pay gapbetween women and men. In 2015, women working full time in the United States typically brought home just 80 percent of what men were paid – and that number was even worse for women of color and moms.
But while pay inequity is certainly no cause for celebration, Equal Pay Day is a powerful occasion to raise awareness and take action around the gender pay gap. Help to do your part by “celebrating” Equal Pay Day with AAUW in 3 easy steps:
- Tell Congress to enact strong, effective legislation to close the gender pay gap – not faux fair pay bills. AAUW has long called for federal action to address the gender pay gap, but we know that not all reforms are created equal. We want to see meaningful solutions like the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act and Fair Pay Act, not disingenuous efforts that lack necessary protections for workers.
- Join the #EqualPayDay Twitterstorm to raise awareness about the gender pay gap! From 2-3 p.m. ET, we’ll be tweeting up a storm to show the world women and families can’t wait for equal pay. Our sample tweets and images make it easy for you to participate.
- Share your story of pay inequity with the AAUW story bank. For many women, the gender pay gap isn’t just a talking point. It’s a real problem that’s profoundly impacted their careers and their lives. Sharing your story with AAUW can help to put a face to inequality. In coming forward, you have the opportunity to help change the future for women and girls.
Have other Equal Pay Day plans? We want to hear how you’re observing Equal Pay Day in your community – and don’t forget to share photos!
Let’s raise our voices together to take another important step towards fair pay for all women and make this Equal Pay Day our last.
Yours in AAUW,
Lisa M. Maatz
Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy
American Association of University Women