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March 15 is Equal Pay Day

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This symbolic day denotes how far into the year women must work to be paid what men were paid the previous year. This date is based on the latest U.S. Census figures showing that the average woman who works full time is paid on average just 83 percent of the typical man’s pay. Started by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996, the goal of Equal Pay Day is to raise awareness about the gender wage gap.  But because the pay gap varies significantly among different communities, other Equal Pay Days have been added to the calendar to reflect that fact that many women must work far longer into the year to catch up to men.

  • Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is September 21. Black women are paid 58 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
  • Native Women’s Equal Pay Day is November 30. Native women are paid 50 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
  • Latina’s Equal Pay Day is December 8. Latinas are paid 49 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
  • Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Women’s Equal Pay Day is May 3. Asian American and Pacific Islander women are paid 75 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
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