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April 4th is National Equal Pay Day. It’s the day in the year women must work to “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year. Unlike National Chocolate Day and National Puppy Day, the date changes annually to symbolize how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned the previous year (in 2016 it landed on April 12th). The statistics are worse for women of color: African-American women’s equal pay day will be July 31st; Latina women’s equal pay day will be November 2nd.
Other areas are doing some pretty cool things, too. In Petaluma, California, folks are having a bake sale where women will receive their yummy cookies as normal and the men will be given cookies with a “bite” taken out of them. Additionally, AAUW’s national headquarters is hosting an “UnHappy Hour” where 20% of proceeds will benefit the women-focused organization.
Look out for Equal Pay Day events in your area. Help us bring awareness to the gender pay gap. You may be given the upper hand today — for once, just for being a woman.