April 2 – Equal Pay Day: CALLS TO ACTION
APRIL 2, 2019 IS EQUAL PAY DAY AND MARKS HOW FAR INTO THE YEAR WOMEN WOULD HAVE TO WORK TO EARN AS MUCH AS MEN IN 2018.
Nationally, women, as a whole, earn $0.80 for every dollar earned by men. For women of color, this day comes far later into the year, according to the AAUW:
- African American and/or Black women earn $.61 for every dollar, and their equal pay day is August 22, 2019
- Native American women earn $.58 for every dollar, and their equal pay day is September 23, 2019
- Latina women earn $.53 for every dollar, and their equal pay day is November 20, 2019
Recognizing Equal Pay Day is important in creating awareness for not only the gender wage gap, but pay equity and how it contributes to the overall wealth disparity between women and men. Equal pay for equal work means that women and men receive equal pay when doing the same job. However, pay equity refers to comparing work of equal value, which means comparing pay and value of different jobs and accounts for gender norms in the workforce. Learn more about equal pay and the wage gap in our spark report briefing.
On March 20th, the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity released a report called Modern Woman: Strategic Planning for a Fair and Equitable Future. This report is meant to serve as a guidepost for organizations that want to create a more equitable workforce for all women and are looking for concrete and research-based solutions to implement, including implementing pay equity practices.
The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio and The Columbus Women’s Commission thank the Kirwan Institute for their research and evidence-based recommendations for individual action. From this report’s findings, we have shared recommendations for organizational and legislative policy change.
Every action counts and all of us are change makers. View and download the Calls to Action document below to see how you can start creating change.