Women serve on front lines of coronavirus but earn less than male peers.
Wear red to support Equal Pay Day on March 31
“Celebrate” Equal Pay Day on March 31 by wearing red to symbolize how “in the red” women and minorities are when it comes to equal pay. Women are on the front lines fighting the coronavirus in our nation’s hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities. And not a single one of them is represented in the U.S. Constitution.
Women make up 91 percent of America’s registered nurses. Yet while male nurses represent only a fraction of the overall profession, they earn an average $6,000 a year more. Female home health aides make, on average, $41 less per week than their male peers, creating a $2,312 annual gap in an already low-wage field.
Women doctors, too, fall far behind their male counterparts. Even after adjusting for specialty, hours worked and other variables, female primary care doctors make 25 percent less than men. Specialist doctors earn 33 percent less than their male counterparts.
Here’s how to look at it:
You know those guys in your office who have the same experience and education as you? They earned their 2019 pay between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31. You, as an average American woman, don’t catch up until March 31. Of 2020. What does that mean for you? It means you’re only now starting to earn your 2020 pay.
And since none of us are average, our sisters at AAUW have broken pay inequality down by demographics.
Asian American women do “better,” as if unequal pay for anyone is ever better, with Equal Pay Day on Feb. 11, 2020. White women catch up on April 9.
Sound like bad news? It gets worse. Black women hit Equal Pay Day on Aug. 13. Native American and Latina women don’t hit Equal Pay Day until October. Think about that.
Native American and Latina women have to work almost two full years to make what an equivalent man makes in one. Every demographic hits Equal Pay Day 2020 a week sooner than in 2019, with one notable exception. Native American women have seen an actual decline in pay equity, dropping from a 2019 Equal Pay Day of Sept. 23 to 2020’s Oct. 1.
Learn more about how pay inequity affects all of us. The Equal Rights Amendment is key to addressing the wage gap.
ERA actions for Pandemic 2020: Have a drink, watch TV and get on the phone
• Have a sip of Jane Walker scotch. Johnny Walker, in partnership with the ERA Coalition, has introduced a limited release, Jane Walker, to call on America’s leaders to stand with Corporate America for the ERA. This new coalition of business leaders is dedicated to ensuring the Equal Rights Amendment becomes the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We need business leaders across North Carolina to join the fight.
• The best way to change hearts and minds is through one-on-one conversation. You’ve got a telephone and free time right now; use it to best advantage. And, above all, make it personal. One of our board members told this story: “My brother-in-law works side gigs to pay for my niece’s expensive club volleyball. I pointed out to him that if my sister-in-law earned what she should, he could actually attend my niece’s games instead of working to pay for them. A convert was born.”