Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Clinton commemorate Equal Pay Day

Posted April 05, 2017

The warm fuzzy feminist feelings of Women's History Month have hardly worn off and already Equal Pay Day is rolling around - a day symbolizing how far into the year women in the US must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

For Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, the issue of equal pay affects almost every aspect of women's lives. Similarly, that's the story for companies that pay women an average of 21 percent less than men, a point that Jet.com is driving home in honor of Equal Pay Day by literally cutting up the products it sells on its site.

Women in the United States are paid roughly 80 percent of what men earn on average, and women of color are paid even less.

We need a law that businesses can easily comply with, so employees have no trouble obtaining the payroll records they need to successfully seek justice.

Not everyone views the pay gap as an issue of overt sexism, but rather a naturally occurring phenomenon because of women's unique career choices. She also said women in NY state are more likely to be represented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations and those jobs would attract highly educated candidates.

Molly Kepner, right, smiles after hearing the news of her discount from Tom Grover at The Works Bakery Cafe, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 in Concord, N.H. The New Hampshire bakery chain gave women a break in honor of Equal Pay Day charging them 79 percent of their bill.

It is equal pay day. We look systematically to make sure that women and men who are at the same level are getting the same pay.

Those other benefits were the focus of hearing last week by the Working Group on Women in the 21st Century Workforce, a group of GOP lawmakers formed past year as a way to understand the inequality issues that face women on the job.

In this year's legislative session, state lawmakers initiated a study of the wage disparity between men and women.

Providing financial security for women is a major reason that DeLauro sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act.

One way Utah is trying to close the gap is giving girls the opportunity through STEM programs such as events last week at Weber State University. To my male colleagues, I ask: in 2017, do you not believe in strong women?

Catherine Crosby of Dayton Human Relations Council said all that missing money can add up to thousands of dollars per year.

Rachel Thomas, president and co-founder of LeanIn.Org, said in a statement that the campaign is more than just about public awareness. She wrote a book about the lawsuit, "The Good Girls Revolt", that was recently made into a show for Amazon. Where hopefully soon we will be celebrating women being paid the same as men for the same work.

Furthermore, in light of Equal Pay Day, we should point out the potential harms caused to women by perpetuating the idea that there is widespread injustice set against them.

"I hope now to help my granddaughters, but who knows", she said.