Fact Sheets

March 24 is Equal Pay Day, the day that marks how far into this year women must work to catch up to what men made last year alone. Women working full-time, year-round are typically paid just 82 cents for every dollar paid to men. And one year into a global health crisis with devastating health and economic consequences, part of the story of the pandemic’s impact on women and the families who depend on them is the story of racial and gender wage gaps, which are especially harmful right now. A gender wage gap exists in 94 percent of occupations. Women, and women of color are overrepresented in front-line jobs and are being paid less than men in the same jobs – which means we are undervaluing their work even as we depend on it more than ever before.

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