Equal Pay Day


Equal Pay Day Event in Lansing

The Michigan Equal Pay Day Coalition invites the public to recognize Equal Pay Day, a national day of recognition that, even after more than 53 years of federal law banning sex-based wage discrimination, there is still a significant pay gap between women’s and men’s wages. The Michigan Equal Pay Day event will occur on the Capitol steps in Lansing. Similar events are occurring across the nation.

Visit the MI Equal Pay Coalition webpage to learn more: https://miequalpay.blog/

Sponsoring Organizations for 2018 Equal Pay Legislative Day:

  • American Association of University Women of Michigan
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan
  • AFT Michigan
  • Business and Professional Women, Michigan Federation
  • Coalition of Labor Union Women, Metro-Detroit Chapter
  • Ingham County Women’s Commission
  • Lansing Association for Human Rights
  • League of Women Voters of Michigan
  • Michigan American Council on Education Network for Women
  • Michigan Interfaith Reproductive Justice Coalition
  • Michigan National Organization for Women
  • Michigan Public Employees SEIU Local 517 M
  • Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame
  • MI Lead
  • National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Detroit Section
  • National Council on Women and Girls
  • Oakland/Macomb NOW
  • Pay Equity Network
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan
  • Wayne County NOW
  • Women’s Center of Greater Lansing
  • Women’s Lawyer Association
  • Zonta International District 15

About Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year. (Tuesday is the day on which women’s wages catch up to men’s wages from the previous week.) Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color. Red is worn on this day as a symbol of how far women and minorities are “in the red” with their pay.

According to the 2016 Census data, year-round, full-time working women in 2015 earned only 80% of the earnings of year-round, full-time working men.

Even within the legal profession, the pay gap continues to persist. According to the most recent salary survey conducted by the National Women Lawyers Association, “The gender pay gap persists across all levels of attorneys, with men out-earning women from associates to equity partners. Women earn 90 – 94% of what men in the same position earn.”  This is despite data showing that there is essentially no difference between the number of hours women attorneys are billing compared to their male peers. A recent ABA article summarizing data from other sources can be found here.

For more information on pay equity, see http://www.pay-equity.org/.