Each year, the National Committee on Pay Equity chooses a Tuesday in April to symbolize how far into the year a women must work to earn what a man made in the previous year. In 2017, that day falls on April 4. This year, plan to spend Equal Pay Day productively, drawing attention to the disparity in pay between women and men.
The wage gap is one of the most pressing issues facing women in the modern day. Even when controlling for factors like education and experience, research has shown that on average, women are paid less than their male coworkers for the same amount of work. The most widely-cited statistic is that in the United States, most women make 79 cents for every dollar a man makes in the same profession, although that's something of an oversimplification — one that brushes off the undeniable influence of ethnicity and racism on the wage gap. (More on that later.) As a result, women have to work longer than their male coworkers to make the same amount of money, and all too often, they have to work harder just to seem as competent as men.
The reasons to join in on Equal Pay Day are many and varied. Here are nine ways to speak out against the wage gap on April 4.