Equal Pay Day Highlights The Pay Gap

Equal Pay Day highlights the wage gap between men and women in the workforce. The National Committee on Pay Equity created and started the day in 1996 in April to represent how far into the year women have to work to make as much as men. It is always held on a Tuesday to "represent how far into the next work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week." The political fight for equal pay started in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Law, making it illegal to pay women less for the same job as their male colleagues. Now, more than 50 years later, women are still fighting to close the wage gap, which realistically won’t completely close for another 169 years.

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