The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
On April 12, people all across the United States will observe Equal Pay Day, which is the day each year that symbolizes when women’s earnings “catch up” to what their male counterparts earned in the previous year.
The gender wage gap has been a problem for decades, and has persisted even since the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963. Last fall, new data was released by the U.S. Census Bureau announcing women are on average paid 79 cents to every dollar paid to men. At the current rate of change, women will not reach full pay equity until the year 2059. There are so many reasons to care about closing the gender wage gap. Here are a few of mine:
There is not a more relevant time than Equal Pay Day to advocate to end the gender wage gap. The Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 862 / H.R. 1619) would deter pay discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and by barring retaliation against workers who disclose their wages. In honor of Equal Pay Day, urge your Members of Congress to end pay discrimination and support the Paycheck Fairness Act.
To learn more about pay equity, visit our issue page. You can also access resources on equal pay from Women of Reform Judaism’s website. May this year bring progress in the fight for pay equity for working women and families and in the narrowing of the gender pay gap!