Today is Equal Pay Day: Women Still Earn Less Than Men

Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women in the same work place be given equal pay for equal work, the “gender gap” in pay persists.  Earnings for women who work full-time are only about 78% of their male counterparts’ earnings. For women of color, the gap is even worse.  Today, April 14, 2015 symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year

In commemoration of Equal Pay Day, U.S. Secretary Tom Perez will host a conversation with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today.  Also joining the conversation will be Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama, and Representative Rosa DeLauro.  You can watch it live today at 11:00 a.m. (ET) to hear more about how we can address this challenge and ensure #EqualPayNow.

You can watch it live today at dol.gov/Live/.

Additional Resources on Equal Pay Day

Department of Labor’s Cat Woman Equal Pay video (1 min.)

National Committee on Pay Equity

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.

Equal Pay Day Kit

Economic Policy Institute provides a graph which shows hourly wages in 2014 for men and women across the wage distribution.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) also provides a number of Equal Pay Day resources.

The Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau have published a number of resources that will help educate employees regarding their rights under the existing equal pay laws and enable employers to understand their obligations.  Several are listed below.

Highlights of Women’s Earnings (pdf)