The Pay Equity fun continues!
Tomorrow is the official Pay Equity Day, the day to which a woman must work in the current year to make the same a man does during the previous. Here are some more facts and links to get you all riled up:
- The Paycheck Fairness Act aims to cover the holes left by the Equal Pay Ac, and its goal is to strengthen its effectiveness, but has yet to be passed in the senate. Here’s where you can learn more about it, and learn what you can do to get it passed.
- If equal pay for women were introduced today, it would result in a national yearly gain of $319 billion for women.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011, women who worked full time had median earnings of $688 per week, while men had median earnings of $843 per week.
- One year after graduating college, women are paid on average only 80% of their male counterparts’ wages, and during the next ten years, women’s wages fall even further behind, dropping to only 69% of men’s earnings ten years after college.
- Under the Equal Pay Act, Plaintiffs are not entitled to compensatory and punitive damages if their employer has violated the law.
- In the last forty-eight years, the pay gap has only closed a mere eighteen cents, and that is only a statistic which counts toward white people. The gap is only larger for people of color.
What can you do? Send a message to your senators! Let them know that these incongruities are NOT okay with you, nor should they be with anybody. Look up your state representative’s contact info and make sure they’re informed.
If they receive a certain number of calls about the same thing, they are not permitted to ignore them. Don’t let the government make you feel powerless to fight for what is ultimately right!
For more Pay Equity Facts, do refer to this post!