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.
Equal Pay Legislative Day
Issues Briefing and Capital Rally in Lansing
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
There are several Pay Equity Bills that have been introduced in Michigan which are attached. The Michigan Equal Pay Day Coalition will be promoting the passage of those bills on April 10 in recognition of Michigan Equal Pay Legislative Day.
- Registration and Breakfast – 8:30 am – 9:30 am
- Welcome and Orientation – 9:30 am to 10:15 am. The issues briefing requires registration and is due April 9, 2018, but the rally is open to the public.
- Meet with House Legislators – 10:30 am to 11:15 am
- Lunch, debrief and speaker(s) – 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
- Rally – follows at 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm on the Capitol steps in Lansing, MI
- WLAM Member Deborah Gordon will be the featured speaker!
- Meet with Senators – 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Sponsoring Organizations for 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/.