Women work more than men work for the same amount of pay. On average, what a man earns in one week, a woman earns on Tuesday of the following week. Equal Pay Day, a “holiday” that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year, falls on a Tuesday as a “nod” to the “extra” time women work for equal pay. This year, Equal Pay Day falls on Tuesday, April 2nd.
Started by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996, Equal Pay Day began as a public awareness event to shed light on the gap between men’s and women’s wages.The Committee’s Report, The Wage Gap Over Time, illustrates how slowly this divide has closed over the years. For example, according to this report, it took 50 years to gain an average increase of 18 cents: in 1963, full-time working women made 59 cents to the man’s dollar; in 2010, this was marked up to 77 cents. In 2016 and 2017, full-time workers reported between 79.6 and 80.5 cents to the man’s dollar. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research estimates, based on its research, that women won’t receive equal pay until 2059 (40 years to go).
The most recent study by The Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Still a Man’s Labor Market, finds that women earn 49% of what men earn (Nov. 28, 2018). From 2001-2015, this gap was at 51%, and in studies from earlier years it was at 38% and 19%. We are rising, but at what cost?