Equal Pay Day Hashtag Highlights Harsh Reality Of The Gender Pay Gap

I don’t know about you, but I can no longer keep up with the doubling of technology. “Reversal Paralysis? “Self-driving cars?” “Paying with your face?”

It’s 2017, and we’re more progressive than ever before. Clearly.

So why is it that a world alive with sex bots, women are still getting paid less than men?

The gender pay gap is not recent news. The gap has been an issue since the first wave of feminism.

The Equal Pay Day movement has been around since 1996 to highlight the differences between workforce pay for females, and their male counterparts.

The NCPE, or National Committee on Pay Equity is responsible for the movement.

From the NCPE website:

While the gender wage gap has narrowed, it has not changed statistically in the last year, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Sept. 13, 2016.

Based on the median earnings of all full-time, year-round workers in 2015, women now make 79.6 cents for every dollar men make, a change from 78.6 cents the previous year. Women’s earnings in 2015 were $40,742, while men’s were $51,212. Rounding off the figures shows women’s earnings now at 80 percent of men’s, compared to 79 percent last year.

It’s 2017, and now the average women makes 82 cents for every dollar a man does.

Across social media, the #EqualPayDay hashtag has taken over, with people sharing their personal stories and statistics.


Discrimination doesn’t just stop at your gender. Statistics have proven that for every dollar a man makes, Black women make 63 cents, while Hispanic women make 54 cents.

But why does this pay gap still exist? 54 years ago, The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was passed to “Prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers.” Unfortunately, it’s going to take more than the law to change discriminatory bias in the work place.

Even in the world of sports, we see a rise in gender biases.

A recent study reported by Fortune found that an “Extensive bias against women in the workplace, combined with the general undervaluation of women’s work” is the cause for women getting less than their male coworkers.

“Women tend to be overrepresented in certain areas, such as education and health care,” Reports Refinery 29, “So, even though the pay gap exists in pretty much all of the occupational fields, the jobs in traditionally male-dominated industries tend to pay better than female-dominated jobs.”

Let your voice be heard today.

Use the #EqualPayDay hashtag to spread awareness on these issues.

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