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On Equal Pay Day, take action to reduce the wage gap for women

Apr 4, 2013 02:01 PM
Infographic: The wage gap between men and women

The wage gap for women is shrinking, but at a slow pace.  Equal Pay Day illustrates how far into the next year a woman must work to earn the same amount a man made in the previous year.

The Equal Pay Coalition is declaring Tuesday, April 9, 2013 as Equal Pay Day this year – the same day it is recognized in the US.

What can you do?

  • If you live in Ontario, sign the Equal Pay Coalition’s petition to ask Premier Wynne to officially declare an Annual Equal Pay Day starting with April 9, 2013. Like President Obama’s Equal Pay Day proclamation such a day will “recognize the full value of women’s skills and their significant contribution to the labour force, acknowledge the injustice of wage discrimination and join efforts to achieve equal pay.” The goal is that Equal Pay day will be earlier each year if addressed.
  • Talk to your friends, family and community about the ongoing issue of the wage gap for women.  On Twitter?  Use the #EqualPayDay hashtag.
  • Wear Red:  On Equal Pay Day, wear red to mark how far women are in the red when it comes to their pay.