Tuesday, April 4th is Equal Pay Day…sort of. It’s the day when the average woman’s earnings finally catch up to the average man’s earnings from the previous year. Currently, women earn only 80 cents on the $1.00 earned by men, which means that women must work nearly 15 months to earn what men earn in 12 months.
This year is also the 8th anniversary of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which helps to prevent pay discrimination. According to the Economic Policy Institute, “pay differentials exist and sometimes to a grave degree” especially for women of color.
Some good news from the EPI report is that “the gender pay gap in unionized workforces is smaller than in nonunionized workforces.”
What can you do on April 4th to urge lawmakers to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act? Participate in the Twitter Storm on Tuesday, April 4th from 2:00 -3:00 pm EDT using #EqualPayDay. Join the Coalition of Labor Union Women and other advocates to reintroduce the bill.
If you miss the Twitter Storm, call your members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Equal Pay is Good for Everyone.