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Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Tool Kit

Chart showing wage gap between men and women

"Generations of women have fought for the advancement of their sisters, daughters, and themselves in acts of great courage -- reaching for and winning the right to vote, breaking barriers in America's universities and boardrooms, and flooding the modern workforce with skilled talent. While our Nation has come far, obstacles continue to exist for working women, who still earn less on average than working men. Each year, National Equal Pay Day reflects how far into the current year women must work to match what men earned in the previous year. On National Equal Pay Day, we rededicate ourselves to carrying forward the fight for true economic equality for all, regardless of gender."
— President Barak Obama's proclamation NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY, 2011

While women hold nearly half of today's jobs, and their earnings account for a significant portion of the household income that sustains the financial well-being of their families, they are still experiencing a gap in pay compared to men's wages for similar work.

When the Equal Pay Act was signed into law by President Kennedy almost 50 years, women were earning an average of 59 cents on the dollar compared to men. Today, we have narrowed that gap, but women still earn about 80 cents on the dollar compared to men. That gap results in the loss of $380,000 over a woman's career. The pay gap is even larger for African-American women (earning about 70 cents), and Latinas (about 60 cents on the dollar).

The documents included here show the work done and the work to be done toward closing the pay gap.