Women Make 77 Cents for Each Dollar Men Make in the U.S.

April 25, 2008 by Susan Gunelius

Did you know that Tuesday, April 22nd was Equal Pay Day? I didn’t. In fact, I’ve never heard of it. Why isn’t this day publicized more?

According to BizWomen.com, Equal Pay Day was created in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to draw attention to the inequality in pay between men and women in the United States. It falls on a Tuesday in April each year.Â

The importance of this holiday is undeniably significant. Lauren Lawley Head said it all in her post on BizWomen.com called Pay Gap Worth Steaming Over when she listed these facts:

  • Nationally, women make 77 cents for every $1 men earn.
  • In terms of annual pay, it took women from January 1, 2007 until April 2008 to make as much money as their male colleagues had made by December 31, 2007.
  • In terms of weekly pay, women have to work until the following Tuesday to catch up to the earnings of men in equivalent positions.

What do you think about National Pay Day? Have you heard of it? Have you participated in any activities related to National Pay Day? Leave a comment and share your experience and/or thoughts.

Susan Gunelius

Susan Gunelius is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Women on Business. She is a 20-year veteran of the marketing field and has authored ten books about marketing, branding, and social media, including the highly popular 30-Minute Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing for Dummies, Blogging All-in-One for Dummies and Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps. Susan’s marketing-related content can be found on Entrepreneur.com, Forbes.com, MSNBC.com, BusinessWeek.com, and more. Susan is President & CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a marketing communications company. She has worked in corporate marketing roles and through client relationships with AT&T, HSBC, Citibank, Intuit, The New York Times, Cox Communications, and many more large and small companies around the world. Susan also speaks about marketing, branding and social media at events around the world and is frequently interviewed by television, online, radio, and print media organizations about these topics. She holds an MBA in Management and Strategy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

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