Equal Pay Day to be observed April 8

April 4, 2014

Equal Pay Day will be recognized Tuesday, April 8, by a resolution from the House of Representatives. There will be a special gathering of women supporting the resolution at 1 p.m. on the steps of Legislative Hall.

Then as the afternoon session begins, participants will go inside to see the House of Representatives receive and pass the resolution recognizing April 8 as Equal Pay Day in the State of Delaware. This event was planned by the American Association of University Women and the Delaware Commission for Women.

The median earnings for U.S. women working full time, year-round are just seven percent of U.S. men's median earnings - a gap of 23 percent. For African American and Latina women the gap is even greater.

According to AAUW's research report, Graduating to a Pay Gap, women only one year out of college, working full time, are paid on average just 82 percent of what their male counterparts are paid.

In 2010 the woman in about 64 percent of families was either the main source of the family income or she was a co-wage earner. Wage inequity is a family issue.

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