National Equal Pay Day
It’s the 21st Century! Isn’t it high time modern humans put the ‘women don’t get paid equally’ myth behind them and give equal pay for equal work. This is what National Equal Pay Day is all for.
Over the past century, there has been an active and ongoing fight to solve a problem which has existed for a long time. Since the beginning of history and work, women have been paid less for the same job. The gap is even greater when you compare women of color to white men.
National Equal Pay Day encourages everyone to stand up for equality in employment, regardless of gender or skin color. Isn’t a time when people are paid what they deserve?
Women around the globe took a stand in the early 20th century. But, even though the fight has been ongoing for years, it is still not over. The National Committee on Pay Equity in the USA decided in 1996 that it would be a good idea to create a day to raise awareness about the gender wage gap.
It is interesting to note that National Equal Pay Day’s date can change from year to year and country to country. National Equal Pay Day falls on the day when women’s wages are comparable to their male counterparts from the previous year. They don’t always match up because this is a variable each year and differs in every country.
Although there are many factors that can cause the pay gap, they are often directly related to the choices and issues faced by women in society. Gender is a major factor in deciding who gets the job, even if two applicants are equal in every other aspect. Men get preferential treatment when this happens.
This is especially true if the job is high-risk or high-pressure. This all adds up to women earning 82% less than men in the same job. To receive the same amount of pay as her male counterpart, a woman must work up to March 24th of the next year.
It would be worthwhile to address this issue even if it were an American problem. This issue is even more concerning in countries that are first-world, such as Australia, Germany, Austria, Australia, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. The unequal treatment of women and men around the world is a grave problem. Although there have been some progress in recent years, there are still many challenges.
It is time for companies to take action and demand equal pay!
Participate in this important day to raise awareness about pay equity. Talking about these issues is one of the best ways you can observe the day. It is crucial that both men and women are educated about this serious problem, whether they are at work, home, or in school. You can also tell your friends, participate in rallies, or donate to the cause.
This issue can be solved if more people are informed. It is crucial to have facts and figures so people understand what is happening in the workplace’s salary arena. Although statistics may vary from one country to another, there are some interesting facts that can be used to stimulate education and discussion about the topic.
National Equal Pay Day can be celebrated by raising awareness about the ongoing struggle of women to get equal pay for equal work. You can poll a number of your contemporaries to find out their wages and see if they get paid the same amount for the same job.
If you find any gender-related imbalances, please take the matter to your union rep or employer. Ask how the wage differential was calculated and get it rectified. If there are other people who have the same issue, don’t try to do it alone.
To help end this injustice, make it a company-wide or at least a location-wide activity. National Equal Pay Day provides an opportunity for wage grievances to be heard. Get out there and start fighting!