Equal Pay Day Rally!

Equal Pay Day was Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into 2012 women must work to earn what men earned in 2011, and the WRC took action. Joined by 9to5, we took our demand for economic justice to the Auraria campus streets and joined arms with 9to5, wearing red to signify that women are “still in the red!”

So, what is Equal Pay Day? The historic wage inequality that continues to this day helped lock rising income inequality into place. Today, a significant pay gap still exists for women and people of color. In 2010, Wisconsin women earned $10,000 less annually than men. We are now staring down the reality that women’s second-class position in the labor market keeps alive the problem of the gaping divide in incomes. As we look to the future, women dominate the jobs where the greatest employment growth will occur in coming years. Yet, the vast majority of these jobs – nursing aides, home health aides, child care workers, salespersons – pay in the lowest rung of government rankings of occupations.

The old-fashioned kind of income inequality that still keeps women earning less than men on average holds families back, and perpetuates the gulf between the 1 percent and the 99 percent. Closing the earnings gap between men and women is one essential step to any serious solution to the problem of income inequality. Huffington Post explains why equal pay is important to everyone. Huffington post and Feministing.com give a roundup of myths, politicians perspectives, and data on wages around the nation.

It’s time to close the gap and take action!

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