Equal Pay Day: what does it mean?

Equal Pay Day was originated in the US by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE)[1] in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. This wage gap is even greater for many women whose background intersects with gender discrimination.

In Australia Equal Pay Day was initiated in Australia, by EOWA in 2008. It is an annual event to highlight the serious issue of gender pay inequity.

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