Why It’s Important
Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as her male counterparts did during the previous year. Red is worn on this day as a symbol of how far women are “in the red” with regard to pay.
Over the course of a career, a woman could lose up to a million dollars in income. It impacts her paying for groceries, rent or purchase a home, invest in education, savings, and retirement. For a recent college graduate, it could take longer to pay off her student loans.
The Michigan American Council on Education (MI-ACE) Women’s Network works in partnership with the Michigan Equal Pay Coalition to raise awareness of pay inequity between men’s and women’s earnings. In years past, a State Capitol event with state legislators, now virtual events, have drawn women together from across to state to educate and advocate for equal pay.
Institutional Representatives of MI-ACE member institutions have organized campus activities with staff, students and institution leaders, including wearing red, speaker events, salary negotiation workshops, and social media awareness campaigns.
Equal Pay is not just a one-day issue but a topic that can be incorporated into other programs. Contact the MI-ACE Speakers Bureau if you are seeking a speaker for your event.
Overall American Woman's Equal Pay Day 2022 is March 15, 2022.
Paid 83 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Women’s Equal Pay Day is May 3,2022.
Paid 75 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is September 21, 2022.
Paid 58 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
Native Women’s Equal Pay Day is December 1, 2022.
Paid 50 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
Latina’s Equal Pay Day is December 8, 2022
Paid 49 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
2022 Equal Pay Day, Saginaw Valley University
Betsy Diegel, Deb Huntley