Looking for a national holiday that's more profound than National Spinach Day? Good news: Equal Pay Day, the holiday that highlights the unjust discrepancy between the wages of men and women, is Tuesday, April 2, 2019. You'll want to start thinking about what you're going to write on your march signs for Equal Pay Day, because the holiday is really more of a call for action than anything else.
Started by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996, this day is observed on in April for a very important reason: April symbolizes just how far into the year women need to work to make the same amount of money that men were able to make in the previous year. What's more, it's always held on a Tuesday to show how far in the work week women have to work to make the same amount of money that men were able to make the previous week.
Currently, women make only 80 cents for every dollar that a man makes. If we look back to 1963 when President John F. Kennedy first signed the Equal Pay Law, (making it illegal to pay women less wages for the same role as their male co-workers) women were earning only 59 cents for every dollar that a man made. It's not nearly enough progress, and it's important to remember that even those 80 cents on the dollar are an average. Other factors like race and age can bring that number even lower.
To participate, the NCPE asks that you wear red, to show how this persistent pay gap keeps women and minorities in the red, financially speaking. Whether you're able to join a local protest or simply plan on raising your voice on social media, you'll want a great slogan with a strong and clear message. Here are a few pay equality ideas for you to consider: