Wear red on Equal Pay Day

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Recognize Equal Pay Day and wear red on March 24 to symbolize how far women are “in the red” with their paycheck. This is the point in the new year to which a woman must work to earn the wages paid to a man in the previous year. Women across the United States will join in a national day of action called Equal Pay Day.

In 2019, median annual earnings in the U.S. for men working full time was $57,456, compared to just $47,299 for women, according to the most recent census data. That means women working full time in the U.S. are paid 82 cents to every dollar earned by men.

Congress must act by passing legislation that will enable all women to take home a fair paycheck.

• The Paycheck Fairness Act would protect workers by updating and strengthening the Equal Pay Act of 1963.

• The Pay Equity for All Act would prohibit employers from using salary history to set pay.

• The Fair Pay Act would require employers to provide equal pay for work of equivalent value.

John Larson is the U.S. Representative for the 1st District, serving Granby and surrounding towns. The wage gap in 2019 in the 1st District was 86.2 percent—women’s earnings of $55,401 were only 86.2 percent of men’s earnings of $64,239. Tell Rep. Larson that you want women to receive fair pay and ask his support for legislation to close that gap.