Equal Pay Day

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Equal Pay Day flag flying on March 21, 2014 in Alsbach, Germany

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap. The date for 2018 was April 10 in the United States.[1] This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year, the exact day differs both by year and by country.[2] For example, Equal Pay Day in 2005 in the United States was on April 19.[3] In 2016, the average salary for females in the United States was 79% of that of the average male.[4]


The symbolic day was first observed in 1996[2] by the National Committee on Pay Equity, a coalition of women's and civil rights organizations, labor unions, professional associations and individuals working to eliminate sex and race based wage discrimination and to achieve pay equity.[5]

The gender pay gap is defined as the average difference between men’s and women’s aggregate hourly earnings. The wage gap is due to a variety of causes, such as differences in education choices, differences in preferred job and industry, differences in the types of positions held by men and women, differences in the type of jobs men typically go into as opposed to women (especially highly paid high risk jobs), differences in amount of work experience, difference in length of the work week, and breaks in employment. These factors resolve 60% to 75% of the pay gap, depending on the source. Various explanations for the remaining 25% to 40% have been suggested, including women's lower willingness and ability to negotiate salaries and discrimination.[6][7] According to the European Commission direct discrimination either does not cause any gender wage differences or only explains a small part of it.[8]

Observance in other countries[edit]


Equal pay day is more widely observed in Germany than it is in the United States, or elsewhere for that matter; for example, the online presence is far greater, such as the Equal Pay Day Wiki, the Equal Pay Day Wikipedia page in German, and this Equal Pay Day informational site (all links are in German). An interesting thing to note about Equal Pay Day in Germany is that it falls on different days than it does in the United States, because the wage gap in Germany is different and also because the formula used to calculate the Equal Pay Day date is different. Whereas in 2016 Equal Pay Date in the United States was observed on April 12, in Germany it was observed on March 19.[9]

Other countries[edit]

The date on which Equal Pay Day is observed is different in every country due to differing formulas for observing the day and also due to different wage gaps. For example Equal Pay Day in Czech Republic is powered each year as a huge 2 days event for over 2000 people with rich educative program. See more on http://www.equalpayday.cz.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.pay-equity.org/day.html
  2. ^ a b "Equal Pay Day". www.pay-equity.org. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  3. ^ "Equal Pay Day events". www.pay-equity.org. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  4. ^ "The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (Spring 2016)". AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  5. ^ "About the National Committee on Pay Equity". www.pay-equity.org. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  6. ^ "On Equal Pay Day, key facts about the gender pay gap". Pew Research Center. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  7. ^ Blau, Francine D.; Kahn, Lawrence M. (2007-02-01). "The Gender Pay Gap Have Women Gone as Far as They Can?". Academy of Management Perspectives. 21 (1): 7–23. doi:10.5465/AMP.2007.24286161. ISSN 1558-9080.
  8. ^ "What are the causes? - European Commission". ec.europa.eu. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  9. ^ "Startseite". www.equalpayday.de. Retrieved 2016-04-26.