If you live in the U.S. you know we have a day for EVERYTHING! Pie, bosses, puppies, tequila and the list goes on and on. Today, April 4, 2017 is another one of those “days,” but it’s not just any day. It’s National Equal Pay Day and as a working woman that means a whole lot to me. After reading this article, I hope it will mean more to you and you will use this list to get involved.
Coming from the corporate banking world, it was a man’s world and although I was paid “well” I know for damn sure I was being paid less than my counterparts. The crazy thing is this is true even in women dominated fields!
Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public wakeup call to the wage gap. The committee selected April as the month for Equal Pay Day as that is how much longer women would have to work into the next year to equal what a man earned on average over the last year. It is held on a Tuesday as that is how far a woman would have to work into the next week to equal what a man earned on average for a week.
That’s right! Are you starting to feel like you need to get in on Equal Pay Day? Want more of a wake up call? Head over to Letsdomore.com and use their lost wage calculator to see how your coins could be affected if we don’t commit to getting the money we deserve. By now, I know that you are fired up and ready to get in on this wage equality movement.
Here are 5 ways that you can get involved for Equal Pay Day:
- Ask for a raise – Do your research on salaries for your position. Analyze your work and how well you have been performing. If that is not equal to what you should be earning, ask for more, men do!
- Join Patrice Washington’s “The Earn More” Movement – A great way to close the gap is to earn more! Join Patrice Washington on her movement to teach women how to earn more income now.
- Join an organization – There are several organizations such as the American Association of University Women (AAUW) that work for women’s equality where you can have an active role in the everyday fight for wage equality.
- Reach out to your elected officials – Write letters, call or visit in person to ask your elected officials to act on Equal Pay Day. Ask them to issue a proclamation declaring Equal Pay Day or to advance Equal Pay Day legislation.
- Raise awareness in your community – Host a forum, a bake sale or any other type of event to bring people out in your community and make them aware of the seriousness of pay inequality. Get creative and make it something that people will want to be a part of.
We can do this Ladies & gents ;). Share this and let’s make Equal Pay Day a thing of the past!