Equal Pay Today & Women’s, Labor, and Civil Rights Advocates to Host #EqualPayDay Twitter Storm on Tuesday, April 4th

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EQUAL PAY DAY IS TUESDAY, APRIL 4 -- Twitter Storm at 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET.

On Tuesday, April 4 – Equal Pay Day, 2017 – women’s, labor, and civil rights advocates will participate in an #EqualPayDay Twitter Storm at 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET to mark the day when the average woman’s pay finally catches up to the average man’s pay from last year. We are asking the public to download a photo of themselves holding a state-specific sign -- “Another [INSERT State]ian for Equal Pay” -- and share it on social media using #EqualPayDay and including the twitter handle of their local, federal, and or state lawmaker. State-specific graphics and sample tweets, as well as background materials and other shareable graphics, can be found at www.equalpaytoday.org/equalpaydays or by following #EqualPayDay.

On average, women are paid only 80₵ for every $1 paid to men. This means that a woman must work more than 15 months to earn what a man earns in 12 months. Over a 40-year career, this can cost a woman and her family more than $400,000.

Moreover, while Equal Pay Day for women overall is observed on April 4, the Equal Pay Days for different demographics of women come much later in the year because their gap is much wider. The wage gap for moms compared to dads is 71₵ (May 23, 2017). The gap for White women compared to White, non-Hispanic men is 75₵ (May 1, 2017); the gap for African American women is 63₵ (July 31, 2017); the gap for Native American Women is 58₵ (September 25, 2017); the gap for Latinas is 54₵ (November 2, 2017); and for some Asian American women the gap is so wide it takes more than two years to earn what White, non-Hispanic men earn in one year. The cost to these women and their families can be upwards of $1 million over a 40-year career. This is unacceptable, especially in 2017.

On Tuesday, advocates will call on women and men to speak out in favor of meaningful strategies at the local, state, and federal level to close the gender wage gap for all women, beginning with the federal Paycheck Fairness Act being introduced in Congress this week. The Paycheck Fairness Act will bar retaliation against workers who voluntarily discuss or disclose their wages, close loopholes that have allowed employers to pay women less than men for the same work without any important business purpose related to the job, ensure women can receive the same robust remedies for sex-based pay discrimination that are currently available to those subject to discrimination based on race and ethnicity, and prohibit employers from relying on salary history in determining future pay. 

What: Equal Pay Day Twitter Storm

When: Tuesday, April 4 from 2:00 -- 3:00 PM ET (1:00-2:00 pm CT, 12:00-1:00 pm MT, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT) 

Where: Twitter (and other social media platforms), using the primary hashtag #EqualPayDay. We are asking the public to download a photo of themselves holding a state-specific sign -- “Another [INSERT State]ian for Equal Pay” -- and share it on social media using #EqualPayDay and including the twitter handle of their local, federal, and or state lawmaker. State-specific graphics and sample tweets, as well as background materials and other shareable graphics, can be found at www.equalpaytoday.org/equalpaydays or by following #EqualPayDay. 

Who: 

CO-SPONSOR    TWITTER HANDLE

9to5, National Association of Working Women   @9to5org

A Better Balance               @ABetterBalance

AFL-CIO @AFLCIO

American Association of University Women         @AAUWPolicy

American Women            @AmericanWomen

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO   @APALANational

Black Women's Health Imperative            @blkwomenshealth

California Women's Law Center @CWLC_la

Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network      @casadeesperanza

Catalyst @catalystInc

Chamber Watch                @USChamberWatch

Cleveland Jobs with Justice          @clejwj

Coalition of Labor Union Women              @CLUWNational

Emerge America               @EmergeAmerica

Equal Pay Today!              @equalpay2dayorg

Equal Rights Advocates @EqualRightsAdv

Family Values @ Work, Labor Project for Working Families            @FMLYValuesWork @LaborProject

Gender Justice@genderjustice

IAM Western Territory  

Institute for Science and Human Values @humanistXXI

Interfaith Worker Justice              @iwjnational

International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers     @MachinistsUnion

Jewish Women International (JWI)           @JewishWomenIntl

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement @lclaa

Legal Aid at Work             @legalaidatwork

Main Street Alliance        @mainstreetweets

Metro-Detroit CLUW      @CLUW

Mi Familia Vota @MiFamiliaVota

Michigan Progressive Women's Caucus

MomsRising       @MomsRising and @MamasConPoder

National Action Network              @nationalaction

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum               @NAPAWF

National Center for Law and Economic Justice     @NCLEJustice

National Council of Jewish Women          @NCJW

National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA)      @nhlagenda

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health                 @NLIRH

National LGBTQ Task Force          @thetaskforce

National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)     @NNEDV

National Organization for Women            @NationalNOW

National Partnership for Women & Families          NPWF

National Women's Law Center   @nwlc

NC Justice Center - Workers' Rights Project          @ncworkers

NC State AFL-CIO             @ncstateaflcio

NCJW UT Section             

New England Women's Policy Initiative@cwppp_umb

PathWays PA     @pathwayspolicy

People Demanding Action            @pdaction

Progressive Nation WNC               @progressiveWNC

State Innovation Exchange           @stateinnovation

The United State of Women        @USOWomen

UAW Women's Department        @UAWWomen

Utah Women Unite         @utahwomenunite

Women of Reform Judaism          @wrj1913

Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts (or WFWM)   @WomensFundWMass

Women's Information Network (WIN)    @winonline

Working America             @WorkingAmerica

YWCAUSA           @YWCAUSA

Questions: Contact one of the co-sponsors above or email Equal Pay Today! at info@equalpaytoday.org.