Montgomery County Community Action

Montgomery County Community Action

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Today is Equal Pay Day

April 14th is Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into 2015 women would have to work in order to earn what men earned in 2014 alone.  Nationally, the wage gap is 21.7%.  In the DC region, women earn 84 cents for every dollar men earn.

Message marking Equal Pay Day from Montgomery County Council Vice President Nancy Floreen:

Equal Pay Day

Nancy Floreen, Jeannette Feldner, Holly Joseph and Nancy Navarro all wearing redApril 14 is Equal Pay Day. It symbolizes how far into 2015 women must work to earn what men earned in 2014. 
Even though the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act passed more than five decades ago, women continue to suffer the consequences of inequitable pay differentials. In fact, year-round, full-time working women earn only 78 cents for every dollar earned by men. In Maryland, we're doing a little bit better at 85 cents for every dollar. Women earn less in every occupational classification for which enough data is available, including occupations dominated by women. Over a working lifetime, this wage disparity costs the average American woman and her family an estimated $700,000 to $2 million in lost wages, impacting Social Security benefits and pensions. 
On April 14, we will wear red to symbolize that women are still in the red when it comes to pay equity and to emphasize that fair pay strengthens the security of families today and eases future retirement costs, while enhancing the American economy.

From the Washington Area Women's Foundation:

To learn more about Equal Pay Day and the wage gap, please click here:

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