Equal Pay Day highlights wage gap between men and women

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April 2 is Equal Pay Day.

According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, the day symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. But for Black women that day’s not until August 22, for Latina’s, November 20.

In New York State, women earn 88 cents to the dollar of a man’s salary.

A report by the Institute of Women’s Policy Research says the pay gap for the average woman won’t close until 2059.

For college students across the nation about to enter the workforce, the gender gap won’t close until they’re ready to retire.

The chart below shows the median earnings by occupation for men and women in 2017. Mobile users click here to view the chart.

 

Equal Pay Day was started by the committee in 1996 as a public awareness campaign.

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