Equal Pay Day
Editor and Readers:
Tuesday, April 10, marks Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year. The typical woman working full time, year-round in the United States is paid just 77 cents for every dollar a man is paid, which means she has to work until April 10, 2018, to be paid as much as the typical man took home by December 31, 2017. Sound fair to you?
The wage gap is even worse for women of color. African American women are paid 63 percent of what white men are paid, while Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander women are paid 59 percent, American Indian and Alaska Native women are paid 57 percent, and Hispanic women or Latinas are paid just 54 percent of what white men are paid.
Federal action can help to change this. We need members of Congress to support 3 bills that address pay equity. The Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 819/H.R. 1869) would update and strengthen existing law. The Pay Equity for All Act (H.R. 2418) would ban employers from using salary history to determine future pay. The Fair Pay Act (H.R. 2095) would curb occupational segregation.
The Association of American University Women (AAUW) is a non-profit organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. For more information about fair pay acts, how to contact your congressperson about this issue, or to join AAUW, please contact an AAUW member of the Palo Alto County branch.
(signed)Anne Stansbury Johnson, President
Roberta Hersom, Vice President
Renee Jedlicka, Treasurer