Support Equal Pay Day 2020
Please join WLAM in celebrating Equal Pay Day on March 31st by wearing RED (the color of the equal pay initiative because women are “in the red”) posting photos in support with the hashtag #WLAMforEqualPay.
The date is symbolic of how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year (avoiding holidays and weekends). Equal Pay Day is nationally celebrated on March 31st which is calculated based on the wage gap for white women, but here is a comprehensive list of all equal pay days that should be acknowledged, based on the 2018 U.S. Census data on median earnings for full-time, year-round workers, compared to a man’s $1.00:
- Asian-American women made $0.90 (wide variety by ethnicity within this group); Equal Pay Day February 11th
- White woman made $0.82; Equal Pay Day March 31st
- Black woman made $0.62; Equal Pay Day August 13th
- Native American woman made $0.57; Equal Pay Day October 1st
- Latina woman made $0.54; Equal Pay Day November 2nd
Moms made $0.70 compared to dads $1.00 (no equal pay day established in this category).
Currently there are 22 equal pay bills pending with the Michigan legislature. Attached is a quick summary of the changes these bills will make to bring about fair pay. Reach out to your legislators to support these bills and plan on joining WLAM for a rally on the Capitol steps on September 16, 2020. More information on that event to follow.
It has been 57 years since the Equal Pay Act was enacted by Congress to require equal pay for work of comparable value requiring comparable skills and yet, the gender pay gap persists with almost no improvement in the last decade. Let’s finally establish equal pay for women in 2020!!
~WLAM Gender Equity Committee