Equal Pay Day
The next Equal Pay Day is Wednesday, Saturday, April 2, 2022.
This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.
Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. (It was originally called “National Pay Inequity Awareness Day” and changed to Equal Pay Day in 1998.)
Since Census statistics showing the latest wage figures will not be available until late August or September, NCPE leadership decided years ago to select a Tuesday in April as Equal Pay Day. (Tuesday was selected to represent how far into the next work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week.) The date also is selected to avoid religious holidays and other significant events.
Because women earn less, on average than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.
Negotiate for the Salary and Benefits You’re Worth
Why is negotiation so important? AAUW’s research on the gender pay gap shows that one year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than men. Women who work full-time take home about 80 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker is paid. And over a lifetime, those lost potential earnings add up.
- One year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than men.
- The gap grows larger overtime during a woman’s career.
- Women who work full-time take home about 82 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker is paid.
- Unless things change, the pay gap will not close till 2106 — that’s why we’re empowering women nationwide with salary negotiation skills — and working to change policies and employer culture.
Women who negotiate increase their potential to earn higher salaries and better benefits packages. By negotiating fair and equitable salaries, you’ll be better able to pay off loans, buy the things you want and need, and even save for retirement.
At AAUW we’re moving the needle on the gender pay gap through our innovative research, powerful advocacy, and salary negotiation programs for women across the country. You can sign up for a workshop near you or participate in our free online workshop. In the meantime, here are four tips for you. Ready to get paid what you’re worth? Follow these four steps to successfully negotiate your salary and benefits package. Read more.
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