In honor of today being Equal Pay Day, I am sharing what it is, why we all benefit from everyone being paid equally, and simple steps you can take to be a part of the solution vs. the problem.
How did it get started?
The 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. They chose this date to symbolize how many days women, and people of color, must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.
This is still a problem in 2019.
First, I want to address the number one challenge I get in my diversity, equality, and inclusion work. The denial that this is a problem today.
To clarify, this IS still a problem. According to the Equal Payback Project, here is where we sit today. In 2019. While these statistics are sobering for white women, they are far worse for women of color, who continually fight the double bind of gender and racial bias.