Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Yesterday was Equal Pay Day

I missed an important day yesterday when I posted KCET wins a Cronkite Award for exposing gerrymandering in southern California, National Equal Pay Day.*
Each year on a Tuesday in April, National Equal Pay Day brings awareness to pay discrepancies between women and men around the world for the same work. Tuesday represents how far into the work week a woman works to earn as much a man doing the same job.
It turns out that Congress is doing something to reduce the gender pay gap, which CBS News describes in Tuesday is U.S. Equal Pay Day, but lawmakers continue to tackle issue.

Tuesday marks Equal Pay Day in the United States, but lawmakers are still working to make that a reality. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" to discuss her bill, "The Paycheck Fairness Act."
As the video noted, the Paycheck Fairness Act passed the House 242-187 with all Democrats present plus six Republicans voting yes.  It still awaits action in the Senate.

In the meantime, women can still act on their own to decrease the gender pay gap.  Two Detroit TV stations broadcast clips addressing that issue and uploaded them to their YouTube channels.  The first I watched was WDIV's Equal Pay Day brings tips on how women can earn more for their work.

The National Women's Law Center says that women will lose an average of over $400,000 over 40 years. April 2 is Equal Pay day and here's some tips to not be labeled when negotiating for more money.
That was primarily about what women can do as employees.  WXYZ's Equal Pay Day has metro Detroit business women battling income inequality discussed what women can do as employers.

If equality is important to you, if you believe equality and fairness are something that should not have to be debated. Well, today is Equal Pay Day. And we went to the city and the suburbs to hear real stories about real action from women on a mission. This Equal Pay Day, people are making their voices heard loud and clear, both on-air and on social media.
Here's to making this day arrive earlier and earlier until it is New Year's Day.

*Normally, I would write about National Walking Day today, as I am into walkable neighborhoods and getting people out of their cars, but I decided that Equal Pay Day is more important.  Priorities.

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