Recognize Equal Pay Day on April 2 to symbolize how far women and minorities are “in the red” with their paycheck. On Tuesday, April 2, 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.
The U.S. Census Bureau in 2017, reported median annual earnings in the U.S. for men working full-time, year-round was $52,146, compared to $41,977 for women. In Connecticut men earned around 62,976, where as women earned around $52,120. 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 rightfully earn.
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. (S.819 – Paycheck Fairness Act 115th Congress (2017-2018))
The Pay Equity for All Act – would prohibit employers from asking about salary history before making a job offer. (H.R.2418 – Pay Equity for All Act of 2017 115th Congress (2017-2018))
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. (H.R.2095 – Fair Pay Act of 2017 115th Congress (2017-2018))
Resources and further information/handouts are available at Granby Public Library.