Businesses Offer 20% Off To Women For Equal Pay Day

Violet Tucker
April 19, 2017

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 on the basis of gender. Well, it depends on a variety of factors, including ethnicities, race, and more.

Emma Porteus said, "At the end of the day money speaks so if we're so behind in terms of what equal salary looks like then we'll be behind in progressing in so many other ways". Because the commonly cited statistic asserting that American women make roughly 80 percent of what men do only applies to white women in comparison to white men. The answer is upsetting, yes, but also important to fully uncover in the journey to equality for all.

"It's a set up for losing out on the greatest resource we have which is our human resource and the perspective women bring to their work", Scavone said.

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In 2016, Black women made $641 a week compared to white women who made $766, and made almost $300 less than White men (they made $942) according to an analysis by the Institute for Women's Policy Research. "For Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, that number is 60 cents". This is unacceptable, and unequal pay for equal work is morally and mathematically wrong.

Equal Pay Day was started in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to raise awareness about the pay gap between men and women's wage differences. The number of working women living in poverty would be cut in half.

Oh, and another reminder that it's 2017. Organizers say that means Alabama women lose a combined $11 billion every year because of the gap. As TIME reports, "Hispanic women are not projected to achieve equal pay until 2248". That is, in part, because Asian and white men tend to earn more than black or Hispanic men, the EPI pointed out. The new analysis shows IL ranks 28th in the largest "cents-on-the-dollar" gap in the nation.

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