Today –April 12th– 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 79% of their male counterparts’ earnings. For women of color, the gap is even worse. Today, April 12th, symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

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.  According to NCPE, last year the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPW) estimated (based on research) that women wouldn’t receive equal pay until 2058. Based on the earnings figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Sept. 16, 2015, that date has been extended a year. IWPR now estimates that women will not receive equal pay until 2059.

Efforts are still being made to equalize the field for women. Earlier this year, President Obama announced new actions the Administration would be taking to advance equal pay for all workers.  Included in the actions is a summit on the United State of Women, scheduled for next month on May 23rd at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.  

How does gender pay equality look in your part of the country? The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau provides the breakdown: http://www.dol.gov/equalpay/regions/…

Stay abreast of the issue.  Follow the hashtag #EqualPay.