Wear red on April 10, Equal Pay Day

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Recognize Equal Pay Day on April 10 to symbolize how far women and minorities are “in the red” with their paycheck. On Tuesday, April 10, women across the United States will join in a national day of action called Equal Pay Day.

April is the point into the new year that a woman must work to earn the wages paid to a man in the previous year. On a national level, women are paid only 80 cents for every dollar a man is paid, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

In 2016, median annual earnings in the U.S. for men working full-time, year-round was $51,640, compared to $41,554 for women. The gap narrowed over the past half-century, but progress has stalled in recent years. The Equal Pay Act has not been updated since 1963.

Immediate legislative and executive actions are needed to enable women to bring home the pay they have rightfully earned.

The fight for pay equity – Pass federal bills advancing pay equity.

The Paycheck Fairness Act – would protect workers by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963.

The Pay Equity for All Act – would prohibit employers from asking about salary history before making a job offer.

The Fair Pay Act – would require employers to provide equal pay for work of equal value. Tell your member of Congress you want fair pay!

Resources and further information/handouts are available at Granby Public Library.

Thank you to Granby women-operated businesses who recognized Equal Pay Day on April 4, 2017, by having materials available at their business: Bouquets of the Valley, Granby Pharmacy, Granby Village Health, Grass Roots Ice Cream, Horses and Hounds, Joy and Wit Interiors, Markee Prep, KK Needham Coaching, Nourish My Soul.