By Ellen McGirt
April 3, 2017


No column today, as I’m traveling to Washington, D.C. to check out some of the Equal Pay Day activities and check-in with some pretty exciting advocates and allies. As no doubt you’ve heard, tomorrow, April 4 is Equal Pay Day, which represents how far into 2017 the average woman must work to earn what the average man did in the regular 2016 calendar year.

But while we’re crunching wage gaps, I’d invite you to put a couple of other dates on your calendar. According to data compiled by The American Association of University Women (AAUW) the equal pay date for African American women, who were paid roughly 63% of their white male counterparts, falls in August. For Native American women, the date is in September. The average Latina worker won’t catch up until October. Worse, those gaps appear to be widening. One positive trend seems to be for Asian American and Pacific Islander women, whose equal pay day would fall in March. But that number obscures the complexity of the AAPI experience in the workforce. Some are finding success in high-paying positions, while many, like Bhutanese, Marshallese, and Burmese women, experience the worst wage gaps compared to other ethnicities.

So, it’s complicated.

More on my adventures in the next couple of days.



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