Equal Pay Day
If I told you that you had to work 104 days extra to earn the same money as somebody else for similar work, you’d say that sounded wrong, right?
Well it’s reality for more than half the American public.
April 14, 2015 is Equal Pay Day. It’s the day when women’s earnings finally catch up to men’s earnings from last year. For those of you counting, that’s 104 extra days.
Nationally, women earn 78% of what men earn. But not all states are created equal. You can see the gender wage gap in your state on the map below.
In 2013, the median annual earnings for women were about $10,000 lower than men’s earnings. Think about that — with an increasing number of households relying on women’s income to pay the bills, that’s $10,000 that middle class families can’t bank.
Here’s the simple truth: the gender pay gap shouldn’t exist anymore. Women deserve equal pay for an equal day’s work. We’ve made strides in the right direction — but the gender wage gap hasn’t budged much in a decade. We need to do more.
This year, for Equal Pay Day, let’s show that we’re standing with the millions of American women in support of progress. I’ve got a petition demanding that Congress take action to close the gender wage gap. If you can, click here to sign it.
Let’s work together to make sure that in the near future, Equal Pay Day is celebrated when it should be — December 31st.