Women's Center

Equal Pay Day

What is Equal Pay Day?
Equal Pay Day is observed in April to indicate how far into each year a woman must work to earn as much as a man earned in the previous year.

Why is it held in April?
April symbolizes the month when women’s wages catch up to men’s wages from the previous year. To help end wage inequities, the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE), a nonprofit organization working exclusively to achieve pay equity in America, coordinates this annual day of action.

Why is it held on a Tuesday?
Tuesday symbolizes the day when women's wages catch up to men's wages from the previous week. Because women on average earn less, they must work longer for the same pay. For women of color, the wage gap is greater, as shown in our fact sheet.

Why wear red on Equal Pay Day?
Wearing red symbolizes how far women and minorities are "in the red" with their pay.

What is being done about pay equity?
Every year in April, Business and Professional Women/USA and hundreds of other organizations – women’s, civil rights, labor, and community - team up with the NCPE for a national day of action promoting fair pay: Equal Pay Day. Pay equity continues to be an issue of economic justice for women and minorities in America.