On Equal Pay Day, Wyoming Still Lagging Behind

Owen Stevens
April 18, 2017

It's always held in April to mark how far into the year women must work to make what their male counterparts did in the last year.

Thousands of United Kingdom employers are set to begin publishing figures showing the difference between what men and women earn, under a law the government says is not only fair but could also add billions of pounds to the economy.

"Today is Equal Pay Day".

For the first time, public, private and voluntary sector firms are now all required by law to disclose average salaries for men and women, including any bonuses.

On this National Equal Pay Day, folks bring awareness to the wage gap between men and women in the workforce.

"I think if you recognize that you are as valuable as anybody else in the business. you should have the confidence to go point that out and if your boss doesn't get it, doesn't care, go look for another job who does care", Sharp said. The reality is even worse for black women, who have to work until July 31, and Hispanic women, who have to work until November 2 (yes, really), to match what men earned in 2016.

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Nearly half of Ohio's workforce is made up of women, and Rep. Janine Boyd notes the pay gap takes money away from their families and communities.

People have been participating in this message all over social media, with particular activity on Twitter.

Women and men gathered outside City Hall holding up signs and telling personal stories, letting their community know that equal pay isn't just a national issue, but remains a problem here in Duluth.

Crimson & Whipped Cream will offer 20 percent off to women April 4. The program has trained more than 3,000 working women since then, according to the mayor's office, and hopes to train 8,500 by December 2017 and 85,000 women by 2020. The aim was to close a wage gap that found women making 77 cents for every dollar that men earn. This is unacceptable, and unequal pay for equal work is morally and mathematically wrong.

Every state in the country has a gender pay gap and South Dakota ranks 20th when it comes to largest discrepancy between male and female paychecks.

Although women continue to make less than men, progress has been made.

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