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April 9, 2018

Washington, DC -- This year, in honor of silence breakers everywhere, Equal Pay Today and our partners in the Equal Pay Day Coalition -- women's rights, civil rights, and labor rights advocates -- is using the 2018 Equal Pay Day on April 10th to shine a light on efforts to level the playing field between employees and employers by focusing on pay transparency as a solution to the gender wage gap. To get prepared, Equal Pay Today and Center for American Progress are hosting a #EqualPayDay Primer on Monday, April 9th at 2:00 pm ET. Participants include:

  • Joi Chaney, Equal Pay Today
  • Sarah Fleisch Fink, National Partnership for Women & Families
  • Jocelyn Frye, Center for American Progress
  • Emily Martin, National Women’s Law Center
  • Deborah Vagins, American Association of University Women

Join us for a discussion of the gender wage gap, why its important to observe Equal Pay Day, and solutions for achieving pay equity.

Access the #EqualPayDay - #Time4TransparencyToolkit at www.equalpaydayforall.org.

WHAT:                     #EqualPayDay Primer with Advocates

 WHEN:                    Monday, April 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET

 WHERE:                  facebook.com/americanprogress

BACKGROUND:     Equal Pay Day -- April 10, 2018 -- is the approximate date the typical woman must work to make what the typical man made at the end of 2017. Women who work full time, year-round in the United States are paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. Over a 40-year career, this can cost a woman over $400,000. When you factor in race, the wage gap is wider. When compared to White, non-Hispanic men, Latinas earn 54 cents for every dollar, Black women earn 63 cents for every dollar, and White women earn 79 cents for every dollar.

Therefore, while Equal Pay Day compares all women to all men, the Equal Pay Days for women of color fall much later in the year. Women of color, therefore, must work far longer to achieve equity, while losing far more over the course of their lifetimes. That’s not equitable at all. And in 2018, it’s no longer acceptable.

It’s time for multi-pronged solutions that seek to close the gender wage gap by addressing its many contributors: lack of pay transparency, hiring, pay and promotion discrimination based on gender and at the intersections of race, national origin, sexual orientation, pregnancy, and caregiver status; occupational segregation; wage theft and an inadequate minimum wage; unfair workplace policies; lack of paid leave; lack of affordable childcare; and sexual harassment in the workplace.

Access the #EqualPayDay - #Time4TransparencyToolkit at www.equalpaydayforall.org.