Equal Pay Day
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.
The MI-ACE Women’s Network 2021 Equal Pay Day Toolkit contains relevant information about the status of women and pay by ethnicity, occupations, etc. The toolkit contains a PowerPoint, ideas, and resources to tailor an event at your campus.
Dr. Linda Logan, MI-ACE State Chair-Elect and Public Policy Committee Co-Chair, has prepared an Equal Pay Day video presentation (coming soon).
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.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Women’s Equal Pay Day is March 9.
Asian American and Pacific Islander women are paid 85 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
All Women’s Equal Pay Day is March 24.
Women working full time and year-round are paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to a man who works full time and year-round.
Mother’s Equal Pay Day is June 4.
Mothers are paid 70 cents for every dollar paid to fathers.
Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is August 3.
Black women are paid 63 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day is September 8.
Native women are paid 60 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
Latina’s Equal Pay Day is October 21.
Latinas are paid 55 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
Linda Logan, MI-ACE executive board member
Equal Pay Day 2019