United States observes April 12 As Equal Pay Day Washington DC: The United States has celebrated Equal Pay Day on April 12. It is considering to raise awareness for two decades to mark how long women must work to earn the same as what man earns.
According to the reports, U.S. government data shows women earn 79% for every dollar a man makes for the same work.
So we have brought the major landmarks of this Equal Pay Day.
WHY EQUAL PAY DAY?
A woman in the U.S need to work about four extra months to earn the same as amount in comparison to their male counterpart. It was first celebrated in 1996 and originated with the National Committee on Pay Equity.
HOW IT IS CELEBRATED?
The White House issues a presidential proclamation of National Equal Pay Day and supporters wear red to illustrate how far women are in the ‘red’ with their pay and some people may play year and celebrate “unhappy hours,” a play on words in reference to bars’ practice of happy hour, in places including Houston, Texas and Washington.
There is also a planned rally by the advocates across the nation from Chicago to Pittsburgh and New York City and Activists have planned activities across 27 states, according to the American Association of University Women.
Equal Pay Day has caught on across the world.
– In Germany, Equal Pay Day was observed on 19th March.
– In Switzerland, it was celebrated on February 24.
– In France, Equal Pay Day celebrated on March 29.
The Equal Pay Day celebrated to symbolize how far into the year women have to work on average before their earnings catch up with what men earned in the previous year.
For example, the gender pay gap grows considerably with age, with women ages 55-64 earning just 76% of what their male peers are paid and this is major reason of girls and women’s ability to pay off student debt.
After four years’ graduation, a study found that women who even work for full time had an average paid off 33% of their student loan in comparison to the male students who were able to pay 40% of their student debt loan.
There is also a huge difference between the earnings of mothers and fathers—while we mark Equal Pay Day in April for all women.