Tuesday April 4, 2017

April 4 Marks "Equal Pay Day"

By Meghan Rivera

Equal Pay Day is a symbolic day that raises awareness about the gender pay gap, which is the inequality in what men and women are paid nationally. This date represents how far into the year women have to work to earn as much as men earned during the previous year. This year, Equal Pay Day falls on April 4th.

According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), women in the U.S. working full time, year-round are paid 80 cents for every dollar men are paid. At this rate, the pay gap will not close until the year 2152. Women of color are even more affected by the pay gap. In fact, African American Equal Pay Day is in August, Native American Equal Pay Day is in September, and Latina Equal Pay Day is in November.

One reason the gender wage gap exists is because women are less likely to negotiate their salary.

Attending a salary negotiation workshop is one way to help close this pay gap. AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation workshops are specifically designed for college students about to enter the job market and can help students articulate their value, establish budgeting skills, and negotiate their starting salary. Those who do not negotiate could be leaving money on the table, literally.

The University of Dayton Women's Center's staff are trained salary negotiation workshop facilitators and can provide workshops for a class, student organization, or any group looking for professional development opportunities. If you are interested in hosting a Start Smart workshop for a class or organization, please visit udayton.edu/womenscenter/programs/start-smart

It is up to us to fight wage inequality. What inspires you to fight for fair pay?

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