4 things to know about Equal Pay Day

This day, April 4, 2017, marks the date that women's earnings finally match what men earned in 2016. "I am proud to work towards this goal alongside my father and in support of the administration's commitment to women and families".

CT has the 15th smallest cents-on-the-dollar gap in the nation, the report found.

Women earn a median of $40,742 in the US, compared to the $51,212 taken home by men, according to the Census Bureau.

"Women who work full-time, year-round on average still earn only 80 cents for every $1 earned by men, even 54 years after the enactment of the Equal Pay Act", Castor said.

Every state in the country has a gender pay gap and South Dakota ranks 20th when it comes to largest discrepancy between male and female paychecks. The National Partnership's data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia is at NationalPartnership.org/Gap site.

States are offering creative solutions to expand protections for women and close federal loopholes in the fight to end the gender wage gap, NBC News reported.

"Not only does the gender wage gap rob women of a fair paycheck, it makes families less secure and slows economic growth", Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, said in a statement Tuesday.

White women earn 2% more than black men - men of all other races receive higher salaries than women.

Data from the United States government showed a 20.4 percent wage gap between men and women for 2015. The gap between white men and Hispanic women is also particularly glaring in a number of other states: In Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Utah and Washington State, Hispanic women earn less than half of what white men take home. Florida women make 87 cents for each dollar a Florida man makes.

Simmons said, "Got to do the women's walk in January, that was my first protest walk so I think the younger generation will see these days as hallmarks and carry on".

Espaillat: "Today is an opportunity to bring awareness to the national pay gap that affects women across the country".

Women can actually start out at the same pay scale as their male counterparts, but as they move up the ladder they are less likely to negotiate for pay.

  • Larry Hoffman