4 things to know about Equal Pay Day

This April 4 marks Equal Pay Day, aka the date that illustrates how much longer a woman would have to continue working into 2017 in order to make as much money as a man did in 2016.

However, women working for Warren were paid just 71 cents for every dollar paid to men during the 2016 fiscal year, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.

Nationally, women who hold full-time, year-round jobs in the United States are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men.

The National Committee on Pay Equity picked April 4th because it symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what their male colleagues earned in the previous year.

The size of the gender pay gap varies depending on who you ask.

Women make up 57 percent of the work force. "Entire communities, states and our country suffer because lawmakers have not done almost enough to end wage discrimination or to advance the fair and family friendly workplace policies that would help erase the wage gap".

The Paycheck Fairness Act would increase transparency about salary information, ensure that women can access remedies available for other forms of wage discrimination, and allow victims to receive compensatory and punitive damages. The gap is also narrower than the national average in New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

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Protesters at rally for equal pay for equal work in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 14.

Salary history: Women may be hired at lower starting salaries than their male peers because an employer bases those decisions on the pay earned at the applicant's last job, perpetuating prior inequalities. Black women make 37 percent less and Hispanic women are paid 46 percent less than whites.

The bad news? The gap for Black and Latina women in NY is much worse (66 cents on the dollar for Black women and 56 cents for Latinas).

"This is really not just a woman's issue, it's a family issue".

For one out of every ten job openings we analyzed, companies offered men salaries that were at least 20% higher than those they offered to women.

Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Santa Barbara, recognized Equal Pay Day on Tuesday and co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee women can challenge pay discrimination.

Equal Pay Day is also always on a Tuesday.

  • Michelle Webb