Tuesday, April 9, is Equal Pay Day. This date indicates how many more months a woman must work to earn as much as a man earned the previous year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau of Labor Statistics, women working full time earn about 77 cents for every dollar men earn doing the same job. Because of the wage gap, since 1960 the real median earnings of women have fallen short by more than half a million dollars compared to men.
The wage gap has real consequences. With a record 70.2 million women in the workforce, wage discrimination hurts the majority of American families. Furthermore, women are increasingly the primary breadwinners in their households.
“Equal Pay Day is an unhappy marker of how far we have to go before we close the gender gap. The wage gap hasn’t budged in nearly a decade, leaving women and families continuing to suffer the effects of lost wages,” said Laura Hersey, President of the American Association of University Women, Morro Bay Branch.
Please urge your member of congress to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act.