Causes and Awareness
Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages. The date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. The gap is even wider for women of color. Visit National Committee on Pay Equity to learn ways you can help advocate for equal pay.
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Together We Shine
(Video) Actress Octavia Spencer shares her story how fellow actress Jessica Chastain her get 5 Times Her Salary For Their Movie Together
“We were talking about pay equity with men and women,” Spencer said. She was like, ‘It’s time that women get paid as much as men’. I’m like, ‘Yeah Jessica, it’s time!’ We were dropping F-bombs and getting it all out there. And then I said, ‘But here’s the thing, women of color on that spectrum, we make far less than white women. So, if we’re gonna have that conversation about pay equity, we gotta bring the women of color to the table’. And I told her my story, and we talked numbers, and she was quiet, and she said she had no idea that that’s what it was like for women of color.”
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April 9, 2018 U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Prior Salary Can't Justify Wage Gap Between Men and Women.
Rizo v. Fresno County Office of Education highlights a significant underlying factor that contributes to the pay gap: employers’ practice of relying on an employee’s salary history to set new salary levels.
10 Empowering Quotes For Women On Equal Pay Day via Forbes
“Don’t wait until your annual review. Socialize early and often what you want out of your career, ask for feedback along the way, and use proof points to make your case. After working many years in the tech industry, I was skilled at aggressively advocating for my employer but less willing to advocate for myself. With the realization that no one was going to do this on my behalf, I started weaving in discussions about a promotion or goals in the context of the business itself, or as a follow-up conversation to a recent achievement. The more communication you have with managers and mentors about what you want out of your career, the more empowered they are to support you in achieving your goals.” – Nicole Anasenes, CFO & COO, Squarespace