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It’s National Equal Pay Day – Find Out How We Can Participate

It’s National Equal Pay Day – Find Out How We Can Participate

Check out these suggestions for those of us interested in participating in National Equal Pay Day.

As a society, most of us strive for equality. Equal rights for all people. However, despite many of our efforts, we still have work to do. April 12th is National Equal Pay Day. Traditionally set for the second Tuesday of every April, in 2016, former President Barack Obama proclaimed April 12th to mark the occasion. To this day, women are still not paid equally.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Law, which made it illegal to pay women lower rates for the same job as their male counterparts by gender. At the time, women earned 59 percent of men’s wages!

As of 2016, women make an average of $0.79 to every dollar that men make. Please consider joining us in bringing light to the situation and learning how we can participate in National Equal Pay Day.

  • Wear Red. Let’s dress in red to show our support for equal pay.
  • Host an “Unequal” Event. Demonstrate unequal pay by hosting an event where the men must pay more than the women, 21 percent more to be exact, to demonstrate how the pay gap works. It’s a unique way to start a conversation about the issues at hand.
  • Communicate with Elected Officials. We elected them to speak for us, help them make a change. Talking with our legislative representatives can help to push for equal pay legislation.
  • ITraditionally it was 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.  To state this in plain terms, because women earn less on average, they must work longer for the same pay.  

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show in standing up for equal rights on National Equal Pay Day. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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