It’s no secret that gender discrimination is a key issue in the fight for universal equality, but what can we do to change it?
The Equal Pay Act became law more than half a century ago, yet women in the United States still earn only 82 cents for every dollar their male coworkers take home. For women of color, the wage gap is even wider: In 2023, the Pew Research Center found that Black women earned only 70% as much as white men, while Hispanic women came in even lower at 65%. As frustrating as this ongoing disparity might be, there’s still plenty we can all do about it.
Whether you’re a small business owner who hopes to improve pay equity in your workplace or an employee looking for ways to raise your voice, you already have the power to effect change, You just need the right tools. Here’s everything you need to know about Equal Pay Day in 2024 — including how to support your colleagues, inspire lawmakers, and help eliminate the wage gap once and for all.
2024 Equal Pay Days for women and those underrepresented
Although the gender wage gap is a serious issue on its own, it’s also important to recognize that race-based wage discrimination also affects women in the workplace. Other factors, like maternal status and sexuality, can also affect women’s salaries. While Equal Pay Day on March 12 draws attention to the wage gap between all women and men, multiple communities have their own Women's Equal Pay Day as well.
Here are when Equal Pay Days fall in the United States: