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Happy Equal Pay Day said no woman ever

Happy Equal Pay Day! File that under “Things you won’t hear” on Tuesday, April 12, the date that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

The non-holiday is commemorated annually with protests, Twitter storms and sassy 21% off discounts to compensate for the fact that, on average, women make $0.79 for every dollar men make.

“You can’t negotiate your way out of discrimination,” says Lisa Maatz, vice president of government relations at the American Association of University Women, a “one-stop shop” for gender equality. And, she notes, April 12 — or $0.79 — is the best-case scenario. Minority women have a significantly higher pay gap.

If you’re Latina, your Equal Pay Day isn’t until Nov. 1. African American women have to work to Aug. 23. For Native American women, Sept. 13.

“For moms, Equal Pay Day is June 4,” Maatz says. “There absolutely is a motherhood penalty when it comes to the pay gap.”

Despite the fact that the pay gap has remained static, Equal Pay Day has become more recognized around the world, says Michele Leber, chairwoman of the National Committee on Pay Equity. The Dutch Equal Pay Day is March 4 and the Belgian Equal Pay Day is March 13.

October 8, 2016
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