According to the American Association of University Women, women will have to wait 100 years to earn the same pay as men. On average, women are paid about 80% of what men are paid. If you are a woman of color, that gap is even wider.
It represents how far into the year women must work in order to earn what men earned the year before. It usually falls on a Tuesday, to show how far into the next work week women must work to match the pay earned by men, says the National Committee on Pay Equity.
The NCPE says the event started in 1996 “as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages.” The goal is not only to seek legislation to narrow the pay gap between men and women, but also for people of color.
The AAUW is encouraging supporters to use social media to share the hashtag #EqualPayDay. The NCPE advises supporters wear red to show how far women are “in the red” on equal pay.
According to AAUW, black women earn 63% of what white men were paid, while Hispanic women earn 54%. To put that in perspective, black women would have to work until August 7 of this year to earn what white men earned the year before.