Equal Pay Day: Not Quite There Yet
Equal Pay Day, a day dedicated to marking the wage gap between the genders, was yesterday, and it seems we still have a long way to go until women are paid the same amount as a man for doing the same amount of work. As things stand right now, white women make 83 cents per every dollar a white man makes. For other ethnicities, the gap is even worse: black women make 66 cents, and Latin women make 60 cents, per every dollar a white man makes.
Unfortunately, on March 27th, another step back from equal pay for equal work was taken, when the 2014 Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces order was rolled back. This act included rules that protect women in the workplace, and the last thing we need right now is even LESS protection for our rights in the workplace. However, that is the whole point of dedicating a day to taking a look at where we are in closing the wage gap.
The good news? In honor of the 20% wage gap between men and women, many retailers participated in a #20PercentCounts campaign (sale!), to show just how much the disparity in wages comes out to. But in reality, all women would prefer to be paid equally to men rather than buy something 20% off, and we look forward to the day we get there as a country, and no longer need Equal Pay Day.