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

Marcus Newton
April 19, 2017

Unfortunately, women in Alabama fare worse than the national average. Now, Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In is teaming with companies across the country to speak out about the need for equal pay in the U.S.

The charity, which provides support for women aged 16 to 30 who are on low or no income, is calling for more support as new reporting requirements are set to be put into action this week.

Equal Pay Day leaves many wondering how long it could take to close the wage gap. The answer is upsetting, yes, but also important to fully uncover in the journey to equality for all.

Mayor Marty Walsh announced the city is launching its second Equal Pay Awareness Week, with 14 free salary negotiation workshops for women. Asian American women, who earned an estimated 88 cents to the dollar, had Equal Pay Day fall almost one month earlier on March 15. "For Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, that number is 60 cents".

Research by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors found that men on average earned £11,000 more than women in the profession in 2016, up from £7,000 in 2015. The idea is to link the concept of the pay gap, which can seem murky, to real, everyday purchases, at least just for one day.

More than 271,000 Alabama households are headed by women, 37 percent of which are in poverty.

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Equal Pay Day was first recognized in 1996.

Every woman deserves to get paid what she's worth. As TIME reports, "Hispanic women are not projected to achieve equal pay until 2248".

CT women working full time earn 82 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap of $10,864 per person, a fresh analysis from a national interest group shows.

The National Partnership study concluded that women earn about 80 cents on the dollar compared to men.

It's always held in April to mark how far into the year women must work to make what their male counterparts did in the last year. To my male colleagues, I ask: in 2017, do you not believe in strong women?

What do you think of the #20percentcounts movement?

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