Equal Pay Day Is April 4 This Year- Here's Why That Matters

There are 4.6 million women who work in occupations with poverty-level wages, almost three times as many as the 1.5 million men who do, the organization said in a statement on Equal Pay Day on April 4, a date to highlight the gender wage gap around the country.

Equal Pay Day symbolizes the date when women's wages finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year. Black women are paid 63 cents and Latinas just 54 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.

"I think if (social services) was seen as man's work, then it would be more highly paid", Ladd said.

Today, women are paid, on average, 80 cents for every dollar their male counterparts are paid. (Sheesh - nowhere to run!) On average, women who hold full-time, year-round jobs in the US are paid $10,470 less than men who hold full-time, year-round jobs.

Why is April 4th so special? "Entire communities, states and our country suffer because lawmakers have not done almost enough to end wage gap discrimination or to advance the fair and family-friendly workplace policies that would help erase the wage gap".

Senior research associate Julie Anderson says that won't change as long as so many women in the state are trapped in low-wage jobs. Passing a new federal law, like the Paycheck Fairness Act, would help protect everyone in all states from unfair pay discrimination.

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For this reason, the local YWCA is holding an equal pay event called "Y YOU Matter", and are urging Coastal Bend women to ask for the pay they deserve.

In 28 states, the pay gaps between men and women are larger than the USA average, and the majority of those states are in the South and West. For women of color, the gap is even wider. Their site also shares tips for women and men working toward more equitable workplaces.

Equal Pay Day is noted on April 4 this year.

Of course, in addition to a wage gap within occupations, there is also a wage gap "between occupations". The Labor Department put that figure about 82 cents for every dollar a man made in 2016.

"Equal pay is essential to the goal of gender equality", Sandberg says in a news release about the campaign. And the truth is, we need legislation, such as the Paycheck Fairness Act and Fair Pay Act, to substantively advance gender pay equity. Today Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Executive Director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women (ECCSW), Karen King tackled the issue of income inequality between genders.

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