Equal Pay Day 2023

Today (March 14) is Equal Pay Day. Each year a day is dedicated “to raise awareness around and combat the impact of pay inequities” (AAUW). “Equal Pay Day 2023 is on March 14 and marks the current state of the gender pay gap: 84% for full-time workers and 77% for all workers (including part-time and seasonal)” (AAUW). This means that “the average woman who works full time is paid on average just 84 percent of the typical man’s pay” (AAUW).

But pay inequality does not only affect women. Other groups are unfortunately affected by pay disparities. Because many groups are affected, there are multiple Equal Pay Days throughout the year. This shows that different groups have to work longer to get the same pay as men. Here are the Equal Pay Days that AAUW highlights:

2023 Equal Pay Days

  • Equal Pay Day—representing all women—is March 14. Women working full-time, year-round are paid 84 cents and all earners (including part-time and seasonal) are paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. 
  • LGBTQIA+ Equal Pay Awareness Day is June 15. Without enough data to make calculations, this day raises awareness about the wage gap experienced by LGBTQIA+ folks. 
  • Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is July 27. Black women working full-time, year-round are paid 67 cents and all earners (including part-time and seasonal) are paid 64 cents for every dollar paid to non-Hispanic white men. 
  • Moms’ Equal Pay Day is August 15. Moms working full-time, year-round are paid 74 cents and all earners (including part-time and seasonal) are paid 62 cents for every dollar paid to dads. 
  • Latina’s Equal Pay Day is October 5. Latinas women working full-time, year-round are paid 57 cents and all earners (including part-time and seasonal) are paid 54 cents for every dollar paid to non-Hispanic white men. 
  • Native Women’s Equal Pay Day is November 30. Native women working full-time, year-round are paid 57 cents and all earners (including part-time and seasonal) are paid 51 cents for every dollar paid to non-Hispanic white men. 
  • Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Women’s Equal Pay Day is TBD. Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women working full-time, year-round are paid 92 cents and all earners (including part-time and seasonal) are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to non-Hispanic white men. 

Even superstar women athletes experience pay inequality. These two quotes, when I read them, really hit me hard:

A picture of woman U.S. soccer super starts Ashlyn Harris and Megan Rapinoe with the following quote: Now that I've done all these things, I have no 401k, Ihave no pension. I'm going to probably have expensive kne damage...I have no support... I literally have to walk away from this beautiful career and I started working (in a new career) that quickly.
Picture of U.S. soccer player Abby Wambach with the following quote: We just got the same damn award. The same sweat, the same sacrifice. Yet the three of us were walking into three very different retirements.

Pay inequality does not only affect an individual, it affects their family, loved ones and communities. It has long lasting and far reaching consquences.

It is sad that even in 2023 we need days to remind everyone that pay dispersity is a thing. It needs to be addressed NOW. We need to demand equal pay in all workforces.

How will you start demanding change?

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