ASBC Calls for Action on Equal Pay Day
Today, ASBC is recognizing Equal Pay Day -- a date in the current year that represents the amount of time it takes for women to catch up to a white man’s earnings from the year before. We’re four months into 2017. This is simply unacceptable.
We’ve made some progress since 1963, the year President Kennedy signed of the Equal Pay Law which made it illegal to pay women lower rates for the same job as their male counterparts. In 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which prohibits gender-based discrimination and lets women fight back against discrimination in the workplace regardless of when it began. But we still have a lot of catching-up to do to attain equity.
In 1963, women were paid 59 percent of what men were paid. In 2000, women still were paid only 74 percent of men’s wages; that number is even lower for women of color. Actively making matters worse, in March President Trump pulled back the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order put in place by Obama to protect women in the workplace.
It's painfully clear: women's fight for equity in pay and work opportunities is far from over. In fact, at today’s rate of improvement, it will take 169 years for the world to completely close the economic gender gap. Want to move things along a bit? Endorse ASBC’s Principles of High Road Employers to call for more employers to stand up for equal pay, and tell Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.