Working women on Tuesday, April 4 will finally make as much as their male counterparts did in 2016.
That is the idea behind Equal Pay Day, which women and advocacy groups are observing to shine a spotlight on persistent gender wage disparities in the U.S..
Women earned roughly 83 percent of what men did in 2015, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis published on Monday. “Based on this estimate,” Pew notes, “it would take an extra 44 days of work for women to earn what men did in 2015.”
While some groups are organizing protests, others will mark the day by taking part in an informational Twitter storm, or by launching programs to empower working women, such as the American Association of University Women, which is encouraging women to sign up for a salary negotiation seminar.
Going a step further, activist Meena Harris and Van Jones’ #LoveArmy are together launching a campaign that calls on men to calculate just how much more they get paid and to donate that amount to organizations dedicated to fighting for gender equality, such as Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Girls Who Code, Emerge America, The United State of Women, and Essie Justice Group.
“We’re switching up traditional Equal Pay initiatives by asking men to take a step in demonstrating their commitment to achieving gender pay equity and showing their support for women’s organizations that are fighting for women’s rights every day,” said Harris, founder of the Phenomenal Women Action Campaign.
“Women’s issues are everyone’s issues,” she continued. “We know that when women do better, we all do better. By contrast, when women lose wages, it disadvantages individual families, communities, and our entire country. This means that men must be personally invested in these issues too.”
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