Iowa Lawmakers Show Support of Equal Pay Day

April 4 symbolizes when the typical woman's earnings catch up to what a man earned the previous year, according to the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE). That's supposed to represent how far into the next workweek a woman has to work to earn a man's weekly pay.

"Equal pay is essential to the goal of gender equality", Sandberg says in a news release about the campaign. A woman would have to work until she is 71 years old to make what a man makes by the time he is 60 years old.

If the wage gap closed, The National Partnership of Women and Families says IL women could afford food for one and a half more years, almost seven more months of mortgage payments and almost a year of rent.

"The wage gap really impacts women across their career and lifespans", said Emily Martin, general counsel and vice president for Workplace Justice at the National Women's Law Center. Women on average are paid 20% less than men in the US, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research.

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

"However, they are perhaps being held back by the impact the gender pay gap is having on them reaching their goals". While white women have greatly narrowed the wage gap, "black women only narrowed that gap by 9 cents, from earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white man in 1980 to 65 cents today".

Ivanka Trump on Tuesday showed her support for Equal Pay Day, calling for the gender pay gap to be closed.

On average, women make 20% less than male co-workers in equal jobs.

The average woman in OH - including Dayton - is paid around 75 per cent of what her male counterpart gets paid. But, she argues, this gap does not exist because of the "misconception" that "women aren't educated enough or ambitious enough or hardworking enough".

Media earnings for men in OH were more than 50 thousand dollars compared a little more than 37 thousand dollars for women. That legislation empowered women to recover wages lost to pay discrimination.

  • Zachary Reyes