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Moms’ Equal Pay Day

Categories: YWCA Blog


Today is Moms' Equal Pay Day, highlighting the pay gap between women and men. Women are paid 80 cents for the same work as men, with mothers receiving even less at 74 cents. This disparity affects women in various communities, including women of color. To end pay inequity, support the American Association of University Women, contact legislators, and promote pay transparency.

Today is Moms’ Equal Pay Day, the day to symbolize how far into the year women must work to make what men did in the previous year. Women are paid 80 cents on the dollar for the same work as men. Mothers are paid even less at 74 cents on the dollar for full-time employees.

Mothers are not the only women affected by the pay gap. These egregious pay gaps affect women in many communities, including women of color.

Throughout the year, we recognize how various women’s communities are impacted by the pay gap:

  • Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is July 27: Black women who work full-time, year-round get 67 cents for every dollar they earn versus 64 cents for non-Hispanic white men.
  • Moms’ Equal Pay Day is August 15: A mom working full-time, year-round is compensated 74 cents for every dollar paid to a dad, while all earners (including part-time and seasonal) are paid 62 cents.
  • Latina Women’s Equal Pay Day is October 5: Latina women get 57 cents to every dollar paid to non-Hispanic white men, while all earners (including part-timers and seasonal workers) get 54 cents.
  • Native Women’s Equal Pay Day is November 30: For every dollar earned by non-Hispanic white men, Native women working full time, year-round receive 57 cents, while part-time and seasonal workers receive 51 cents.

Economic empowerment supports YW’s mission of empowering women, and we believe these gaps are not acceptable. There are solutions to pay inequity in our communities, and it’s time we implemented them. In support of women’s equal pay, you can: · The American Association of University Women (AAUW) provides a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the gender pay gap. · You can help break these harmful patterns of pay discrimination by contacting your legislators and asking them to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. · Studies have shown that pay transparency reduces pay gaps and promotes pay equity in communities and workplaces.

Let’s work together to end pay inequity in the United States. We can do this by creating more equitable pay systems, advocating for women’s equal pay, and raising awareness.