Equal Pay Day celebrated Tues. across US

April 4 was dubbed "Equal Pay Day" in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to raise awareness on the wage gap between women and men.

According to Lean-In, if the gender pay gap nationwide was closed, the average woman would earn $530,000 more over the course of her career.

Businesses need to take action to help tackle the gender pay gap, according to Young Women's Trust.

Jean Dowding, Kent County Development Chair for the organization Fund For Women, tells 47ABC it's imperative to never forget what Equal Pay Day commemorates.

The charity, which provides support for women aged 16 to 30 who are on low or no income, is calling for more support as new reporting requirements are set to be put into action this week. "Hispanic women are paid less than white and Asian women are, even when they have the same educational credentials". The answer is upsetting, yes, but also important to fully uncover in the journey to equality for all.

For the last three years, Smith said Governor Matt Mead has signed proclamations recognizing Equal Pay Day. "For Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, that number is 60 cents".

"The group invited supporters to "'Celebrate' Equal Pay Day with AAUW on Twitter" by tweeting with the hashtag "#EqualPayDay" to "urge for action to ensure that ALL women are paid what they're worth".

Oh, and another reminder that it's 2017.

Four years after she wrote "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead", Sandberg feels that women are still not better off in terms of workplace equality. The number of working women living in poverty would be cut in half.

Figures released by the Chartered Management Institute also found 14% of men in management roles were promoted into higher positions compared to 10% of women. "This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year".

While skeptics argue that the reasons between these differences in pay lies in the significant disparity of educated individuals within several communities of racial minorities.

For the first time, public, private and voluntary sector firms are now all required by law to disclose average salaries for men and women, including any bonuses.

  • Zachary Reyes