Wearing Red April 28 Helps Support Equal Pay Day

Members of the Doane and Crete communities are asked to wear red Tuesday, April 28, to support Equal Pay Day 2009.

The National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) originated equal Pay Day in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages. In the United States, women earn roughly 77 cents for every dollar men earn. Equal Pay Day, observed on a Tuesday in April, symbolizes how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year. (Tuesday is the day on which women's wages catch up to men's wages from the previous week.) Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.

Wearing RED on Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far women and minorities are "in the red" with their pay.

According to the NCPE, a nonprofit organization that works to achieve pay equity in America, U.S. Census Bureau statistics released in 2008 show that the gap between men's and women's earnings changed by less than 1 percent from 2006 to 2007, narrowing only slightly from 76.9 to 77.8 percent. In 2007, the earnings for African American women were 68.7 percent of men's earnings, a drop of more than 3 percent. The wage gap has remained substantially unchanged since the turn of the century.

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