Beyond International Women's Day: Why Equal Pay Day on March 14th Deserves Our Attention?

New York Culture

I rarely celebrate International Women's Day. I know it's March 8th, but I don't feel like there's enough to celebrate. The times have certainly changed, and women have more freedom than before... That's unless you count out the reversal of Roe v. Wade. And the fact that women still get paid less than men. And probably many more issues, such as us ladies not feeling comfortable walking outside in the dark, being afraid to leave our drinks, or trying to hide fear when our date gets too arrogant and borderline aggressive. I'm not here to whine about how hard it is to be a woman; you all know there are many issues surrounding it, mainly related to safety and the existence of sexism. But did you know that March 14th is an important day as well? It's the Equal Pay Day.

March 14th is when many people celebrate and acknowledge Equal Pay Day - at least in the United States. The United Nations designated September 18th as Equal Pay Day International. Canada, for example, celebrates it on April 12th. But since I write about the US and particularly about NYC, I should mention there is a whole campaign dedicated to Equal Pay Day in New York.

You may not know about them, but about 50 groups across the entire state of New York work together to equalize the pay across genders and races and narrow the gap between how much men and women make. And those groups are doing a good job, as they were the ones who majorly influenced the passage of the NY Equal Pay Bill (A6075/S1) in April 2015. Side note: can you believe it took so long until this became the law? I'm shocked it was finally done in 2015, and not long before that.

So, if you have even a single woman in your inner circle, you may want to mention that New York is a state where equal pay laws are in place and that March 14th is when we celebrate Equal Pay Day.

If you wish to review the data regarding the pay gap and self-educate on the issue, a good resource would be the United States Census Bureau.

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