Pay Equity Day is April 8, 2014
Each year the PCSW commemorates Pay Equity Day. The date symbolizes how far a woman must work into the next year to earn as much as a man earned. Governor Malloy has officially declared April 8th Pay Equity Day in Connecticut.
Since the Equal Pay Act was signed in 1963, the wage gap has been closing at a very slow rate. In 2011, Connecticut full-time working women earned 78% of what their male counterparts earned. This wage inequity amounts to a yearly wage gap of $13,229 between full-time working men and women in the state. Ensuring equal pay for equal work is essential to closing the pay gap.
Pay equity buttons are available by calling (860) 240-8300.
Ways to Impact Pay Equity
There are many ways you can take action to help move us towards pay equity, not just on Pay Equity Day but throughout the year as well.
- Educate yourself. There are some great research publications available to the public including PCSW’s Research Brief on Pay Equity and the AAUW’s report Behind the Pay Gap. Also, watch a Power Point Highlighting Pay Equity Over the Lifespan and read this Connecticut specific graph “Inequity in Connecticut Occupations By Sex and Median Earnings.”
Organize a lunch time meeting at your workplace and invite women to attend so they can stay informed about pay equity issues.
Hold an equal pay day bake sale. Have men pay 100% of the cost while charging women only 78% of the price of the baked goods.
Encourage your local city/town council to proclaim “Pay Equity Day” by passing a local resolution.
Send letters to the editor of your local paper. A few quick tips: pick only one or two papers to send your letter and make sure your letter is brief – most papers have a word limit on what they will print (usually around 200 words).