People Are Wearing Red for Equal Pay Day. Here's Why

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The study, released in advance of today's Equal Pay Day, compiles U.S. Census data for a state-by-state (plus D.C.) analysis of women's economic reality throughout the country.

So Tuesday is the day on which women's wages catch up to men's wages from the previous week.

Equal Pay Day is here raising awareness on the pay gap between men and women throughout the United States and around the world.

Nationally, women are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to a man, a yearly pay difference of $10,086, according to the report. They often are significantly underrepresented in leadership roles, whether in government or private industry. In 2017, women were 21% more likely to be rated as a top performer, compared with 12% more likely in 2015.

Women under age 40 earned an average of $0.79 for each dollar earned by men in 2017, down from $0.82 in 2016. In Massachusetts, black women make $23,783 less than men, while Latina women make $32,482 less. It is a common myth that a woman's occupational choices result in gender pay disparities.

The Institute for Women's Policy Research gives IL an overall grade of "C-plus" for women's earnings and employment. At one point it looked like the wage gap could be closed by 2059, but at the rate things are going now, it could be more like 2152. The gap is smallest in New York, California, and Florida, according to the report. But the pay gap begins even before women have children, where even recent female college graduates make about $3 less per hour than their male peers. The progress is something we need to be chipping away at every single day if women-all of us-are ever going to get the equality we deserve. For one, they are a reflection of the racism and misogyny still embedded into hiring and promotion practices.

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The idea is to bring legislative change to close the wage gap.

Additionally, there are demands to reinstate legislation that helps protect women in the workplace.

The minimum wage is a women's issue -nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women.

Senator Kristin Corrado (R- Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) stated that "I am honored to stand with women across New Jersey in the fight for equal pay for equal work". The wage gap is even greater for most women of color. It was once said that "the female half of the human race is doubly oppressed under capitalism".

Yet it's true that women are bearing the burden of childcare and household work.

The day itself April 10th was chosen for the event each year because it represents something, not by coincidence.