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Tuesday is Equal Pay Day

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Happy Equal Pay Day!

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 percent off discounts to compensate for the fact that, on average, women make $0.79 for every dollar men make.

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.


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.

Dawn Lyon, head of corporate affairs for Glassdoor, a job website known for company reviews and salary reports, says one key to closing the gap is transparency.

"About 60 percent of companies do not share pay data internally," Lyon says. “Transparency around pay eliminates inequities and helps people understand what fair pay is.”

In March, Amazon announced that women’s compensation in 2015 was 99.9 percent of men’s in equivalent jobs and that minorities make 100.1 percent of what white workers earn.

President Barack Obama officially proclaimed April 12 as National Equal Pay Day and announced a new national monument in Washington, D.C., to honor the movement for women’s equality.

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