Today is Equal Pay Day,
Equal Pay Day is a symbolic day for advocates in the U.S. to show support for women in the workforce and draw attention to the gender pay gap.
Here's what you need to know about Equal Pay Day:
What Is Equal Pay Day?
Equal Pay Day represents how far into the year women must work in order to earn what men earned the year before. It usually falls on a Tuesday, to show how far into the next work week women must work to match the pay earned by men, says the National Committee on Pay Equity.
Women overall earned about 82% of the full-time weekly pay check of a man, according to IWPR. But black women's earnings were just 68% compared to white men and Hispanic women's were 62%. The NCPE says the event started in 1996 “as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages.” The goal is not only to seek legislation to narrow the pay gap between men and women, but also for people of color.
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