The next Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 14, 2015. This date symbolizes how far into 2015 women must work to earn what men earned in 2014. Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages.
From WhiteHouse.Gov on Equal Pay:
Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women in the same work place be given equal pay for equal work, the “gender gap” in pay persists. Full-time women workers’ earnings are only about 77 percent of their male counterparts’ earnings. The pay gap is even greater for African-American and Latina women, with African-American women earning 64 cents and Latina women earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man. Decades of research shows that no matter how you evaluate the data, there remains a pay gap — even after factoring in the kind of work people do, or qualifications such as education and experience — and there is good evidence that discrimination contributes to the persistent pay disparity between men and women. In other words, pay discrimination is a real and persistent problem that continues to shortchange American women and their families.
About Noreen Farrell:
Noreen Farrell is the Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, a national non-profit which has advocated for women and girls at school and work for over forty years. Noreen has led landmark legal fights to end pay and pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, and the exclusion of women and girls from opportunities at work and school. She has scored multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for clients and appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court. Noreen also plays a leadership role in state and national coalitions advocating for policy reform to assist women and girls and their families. She chairs the national Equal Pay Today Campaign, which is tackling the gender wage gap in states across the country. She also chairs the Women’s Economic Security Campaign, through which she is leading bold policy reform on poverty, childcare, and fair pay with hundreds of partners California. Noreen lectures across the country and writes extensively on civil rights matters. She recently published a groundbreaking report called “Moving Women Forward” examining the unfinished business of the women’s movement on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Noreen has been hailed in the legal profession as a Top Legal Innovator (2014), a Top Women Leader in Law (2013), and one of California’s Leading Employment Lawyers (2012). She graduated from Yale University and from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Women’s Law Journal. Noreen resides in San Francisco, California with her husband and two young daughters.
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