Equal Pay Day

Women Continue to Fight the Wage Gap on Equal Pay Day

by Chan C. Smith, April 4, 2017

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Since 1996, the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) has been bringing awareness to the wage gap between men and women. Equal Pay Day happens every year in April and indicates how long women have to work in order to match the payout of their male counterparts in the workplace. Because women statistically earn less money on average, they have to work more hours to have an equal salary.

According to the Pew Research Center, women overall made 87 percent of the median hourly earnings of White men in 2016. More specifically, Black women made only 65 percent of those earnings, coming in second to last in both race and gender, above Hispanic women.

White men also had higher hourly wages, coming in second to Asian men. On average, Asian men earned $24/hr while Black women earned only $13/hr. Even with a college degree, Asian men earned $35/hr compared to the $23/hr earned by Black women.

Watch the video above to find out more about the fight for equal pay.

 
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