Equal Pay Day

Category: Diversity
Equal Pay Day in USA in 2023
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About Equal Pay Day

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Dates of Equal Pay Day
2024 USA Friday, March 15thEqual Pay Day
2023 USA Sunday, April 2ndEqual Pay Day
2022 USA Tuesday, March 15thEqual Pay Day
2021 USA Wednesday, March 31stEqual Pay Day
2020 USA Wednesday, March 25thEqual Pay Day
Summary
The date of this holiday changes each year as it is observed on the day that women's earnings catch up to men's from the year before.

About Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day is an attempt to raise awareness about the raw wage gap, the figure that shows that women, on average, earn about 80 cents for every dollar men earn. The date moves earlier each year as the wage gap closes, as women’s average wages rise faster than men’s.

“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.”

According to 2018 data from the United States Census Bureau, women earn 81.6 cents to every dollar earned by men, a figure that has remained stagnant two years later as observed in Payscale’s more recent 2020 data of 81 cents per dollar.

To celebrate National Equal Pay Day, transparency is key. Share your story with friends or by a timely post on social media to spread awareness. Within your sphere, you could even strike up what might be an uncomfortable conversation and discover where you stand in relation to those working alongside you. 

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