Today we’re “celebrating” Equal Pay Day

Businesspeople holding piggybanks.It’s that time again–the day when we take stock of how little the gender pay gap as budged in recent years. Thanks to the gap, it takes until today, April 9th, for the average woman in the US to work enough to earn as much as the average man earned in 2012. And while the pay gap is 77 cents to the dollar overall, the figures for women of color are even worse:

  • Black women earn 64 cents to each dollar for white men.
  • Hispanic women earn 55 cents to each dollar for white men.
  • Asian women earn 87.6 cents to each a dollar for white men.

While you’re seething, you can thank the Republicans in Congress for blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would protect workers who discuss their salaries and create stricter penalties for pay discrimination. And be sure to check out these 7 steps we should take to close the gap. I’d like to add an 8th: How about women go on strike from start of the year until Equal Pay Day? I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind coming off a 3-month vacation boycott right about now.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Editorial.

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  • bifemmefatale

    It must be nice to be so privileged and economically secure as to even contemplate going on strike from Jan. 1-April 9. Meanwhile, I’m trying to figure out how to pay my rent this month, and I just got back from getting groceries at the food pantry. I’ve got just enough time to eat some pizza bread before going to my PT retail job, the only thing keeping my household afloat at all.