Equal Pay Legislative Day
State Capitol Steps
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year. (Tuesday is the day on which women's wages catch up to men's wages from the previous week.) Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.
According to the 2016 Census data, year-round, full-time working women in 2015 earned only 80% of the earnings of year-round, full-time working men.
Red is worn on this day as a symbol of how far women and minorities are "in the red" with their pay. For more information on pay equity, see www.pay-equity.org.
Advocates will be handing out three-quarters of chocolate chip cookies to highlight the inequity and urging passage of a package of House and Senate bills to address the issue. Legislators and others will speak on the Capitol steps. In order to draw attention to this disparity, several organizations will be hosting events at the Capitol and visiting their elected officials.
A workshop will be held prior to the events at the Capitol steps. To register for the workshop or get more information go to www.pay-equity.org.
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