Happy Equal Pay Day!
Today, April 28, Equal Pay Day, marks the day in 2009 when the average woman’s wages will finally catch up with those paid to the average man in 2008. The day serves as an important reminder of the persistent wage gap and the urgent need to take action to ensure that women can receive equal pay for equal work.
For full-time, year-round workers, women are paid on average only 78 percent of what men are paid; for women of color, the gap is significantly wider. These wage gaps stubbornly remain despite the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963, and a variety of legislation prohibiting employment discrimination.
Our very own Massachusetts heroine Evelyn F. Murphy started an effort to help address the wage gap, through legislative action, changes by workplace management and personal “wage clubs”. Click here for useful tips on how to address gender disparities in wages today.
So today, “pour yourself a cup of ambition” and let Dolly help take it away (h/t to ESL and The Duplex):