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Wed, Sep 18

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Int. Equal Pay Day

International Equal Pay Day was established in 2019 by the UN General Assembly to raise awareness of the gender pay gap across the world, draw attention to the systemic inequalities that inhibit progress towards women’s economic empowerment, and highlight efforts to close the gap.

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Sep 18, 2024, 12:00 AM

All Day

About the event

International Equal Pay Day was first commemorated by the United Nations on September 18, 2020. This day was born from the United Nations’ recognition that the equal pay laws we have in America have failed to resolve the problem of unequal pay between genders. 

There are several factors as to why we still have gender pay disparity, and some of these include gender discrimination in the workforce (often hidden or inadvertent discrimination as a result of unconscious biases), the lack of adequate paid family and maternity care, and not enough work-life balance for mothers to take care of their children while working. The average pay for women is lower than men’s in most countries across all industries. The numbers are even lower for women of color and women from other underrepresented or marginalized backgrounds.

International Equal Pay Day acknowledges this global issue and calls for action to reach equal pay for equal value of work. The day also sheds light on some of the achievements that have already been made to reach equality, the current efforts towards progress, and how organizations and people can support those efforts. Click HERE to view the resources developed by The Diversity Movement.

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