April 12th is Equal Pay Day, since it symbolizes how far into the year a woman would have to work to catch up to a man’s earning from the previous year.
Women still earn 77 cents to every dollar men earn. And that’s when we pretend race isn’t a factor:
The wage gap is even more substantial when race and gender are considered together, with African-American women making only 62 cents,and Latinas only 53 cents, for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men.
The highest earners continue to be – *shock* *gasp* – white men. I know, I couldn’t believe it either. So there continues to be a pay gap between white men and men of color as well.
A broad range of organizing and agitating for pay equity has certainly narrowed the wage gap – women earned 59 cents for every dollar men earned when the Equal Pay Act became law in 1963. That’s definitely victory, but clearly we’ve got a long way yet to go.