The Wood Law Office Office will be observing Equal Pay Day on April 10th! Join us in the fight for equal pay for equal work in Chicago and around the nation.
What is Equal Pay Day?
Equal Pay Day was first observed by the National Committee on Pay Equality in 1996 to bring attention to gender wage discrimination. The gender wage gap is defined as the average difference between men and women’s hourly salary. Women in the United States typically earn 80 cents for every dollar paid to a man. This means that women have to work an additional 3 months to earn what a man earns in a year. Over a 40-year career, this costs women over $400,000. That number has barely changed in a decade. There are still numerous factors that go into pay disparity and discrimination, leaving the lifetime achievement gap even greater for women of color and mothers. Equal pay day is an opportunity to draw attention to the wage gap, call for local and legislative action, and to introduce solutions.