Pay Equity

Next Equal Pay Day:

April 9, 2013


Wear RED on Equal Pay Day to symbolize how far women and minorities are "in the red" with their pay!

What is pay equity?

Pay equity is a means of eliminating sex and race discrimination in the wage-setting system. Many women and people of color are still segregated into a small number of jobs such as clerical, service workers, nurses and teachers. Hillary Clinton at Equal Pay DayThese jobs have historically been undervalued and continue to be underpaid to a large extent because of the gender and race of the people who hold them. Pay equity means that the criteria employers use to set wages must be sex- and race-neutral.

Fast Facts

• In 2005, women's median annual earnings were only $.77 for every $1.00 earned by men. For women of color, the gap is even worse - only $.71 for African American women and $.58 for Latinas.

• If women received the same wages as men who work the same number of hours, have the same education and union status, are the same age, and live in the same region of the country, then these women's annual income would rise by $4,000 and poverty rates would be cut in half.

• Women are paid less in every occupational classification for which sufficient information is available, according to the data analysis in over 300 job classifications provided by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.

• In 1963, the year of the Equal Pay Act's passage, full-time working women were paid 59 cents on average to the dollar received by men, while in 2005 women were paid 77 cents for every dollar received by men. In other rally supporterswords, for the last 42 years, the wage gap has only narrowed by less than half of a penny per year.

• According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, in 2006, Connecticut tied with New Jersey in 6th place for the best state economies for women.

• Of the states in the US, Connecticut ranks in the top third for women in professional and managerial occupations.

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For more information, click on the links below.

National Organization for Women* National Organization for Women

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

National Committee on Pay Equity* National Committee on Pay Equity

The National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE), founded in 1979, is a coalition of women's and civil rights organizations; labor unions; religious, professional, legal, and educational associations, commissions on women, state and local pay equity coalitions and individuals working to eliminate sex- and race-based wage discrimination and to achieve pay equity.

Equal Rights Advocates* Equal Rights Advocates

ERA's mission has been to protect and secure equal rights and economic opportunities for women and girls through litigation and advocacy.

* Sources: National Committee on Pay Equity, National Organization for Women, and Equal Rights Advocates.