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‘Equal Pay Day’ aids deserving women

‘Equal Pay Day’ aids deserving women
  • On April 14, 2017

By Haneen Hammad
Staff Writer

Reality Check. It is 2017 and women still are paid less than men are – about 20 percent less, to be more specific.

April 4 was “Equal Pay Day,” and it is not just an uplifting 24 hours for women. In fact, “Equal Pay Day” was started in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to raise awareness on the wage gap between women and men.

The event marks the moment in the year when the average woman’s pay will match the salary of an average man in the previous year.

For black and Hispanic women, this date falls even later in the year. Black women earn 68 percent of, and Latina women earn 62 percent of, the full-time weekly pay of a white man, according to USA Today.

Women who work full time, year-round in the United States receive just 80 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap of $10,470.

According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, if men and women received equal treatment in this labor market, getting the same returns on their productivity, it would result in $447.6 billion additional income in the U.S. economy from women’s increased pay. That’s not too shabby.

The call to action on a day like this is for women to ask for more money from their employer, or simply ask to receive what they are worth. However, this is easier said than done.

There are also a few fun ways to observe this very important day, because every woman deserves that, too.

Women were able to take advantage of the nationwide #20percentcounts campaign and earn a 20-percent discount in participating Lansing-area locations. Among the businesses participating were Grace Boutique of Old Town, Okemos Studio of Photography and Builders Hardware Co. of East Lansing.

More importantly, however, it is to remember to ask for more. We women deserve it.

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