Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year. This year, April 4 marks the day that women, as a whole, catch up to men’s earnings – but the pay gap is even worse for women of color. AAUW also observes Asian American Women’s Equal Pay Day in March, African American Women’s Equal Pay Day in August, Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day in September, and Latina Equal Pay Day in October.
It’s also important to remember that for transgender people, in addition to being at the bottom of the economic ladder in many respects, also face higher levels of unemployment, discrimination, and being passed over for promotions. Check out the Movement Advancement Project to learn more the issues, and about their work to help speed equality for transgender, lesbian, bisexual, and gay people.
- 3 Reasons the Wage Gap Still Exists
- Via the Women’s Center: take an online module to learn how to negotiate your salary.
- AAUW has compiled several quick actions to mark Equal Pay Day.
- Connect with the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life on campus
- Messaging Guides: Talking About LGBT Issues (Movement Advancement Project) – including conversation approaches that can help build and sustain solid, lasting support for LGBT nondiscrimination laws and a guide to terminology