The day is designed to bring attention to wage differences between American men and women. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that in 2014, women were paid 79 cents for every one dollar that men earned.
Equal pay for equal work is the concept of labor rights that individuals doing the same work should receive the same remuneration. It is most commonly used in the context of sexual discrimination, in relation to the gender pay gap. Equal pay relates to the full range of payments and benefits, including basic pay, non-salary payments, bonuses and allowances.
Hillary Clinton shared on Facebook : "The wage gap between men and women, visualized. (It’s worse than you think.)"
"Women across the country lose out on every paycheck—and women of color feel it the most. Our families can’t wait: It’s time to ensure equal pay for women."
Congressman Dave Loebsack: " Today we observe Equal Pay Day, the day when women's earnings finally catch up with what men made in 2015. In the 53 years since the Equal Pay Act was first signed into law, substantial steps have been made in addressing the wage gap between men and women, but more must be done. We cannot wait another 50 years to close the wage gap. It is time we pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and make equal pay a reality."
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski : " Today we mark Equal Pay Day, symbolizing how far into 2016 women must work to bridge the pay gap between what they earned in 2015 and what men earned. The pay gap costs women and their families more than $430,000 over their careers.I'm fighting to close the pay gap once and for all by introducing the Paycheck Fairness Act! For too long, women have been sidelined, redlined or pink slipped when fighting for equal pay. It's time we speak up and speak out to change the law books so we can put change in family checkbooks! "
Senator Richard Blumenthal : " Today, President Obama dedicated the historic Sewall-Belmont House and Museum as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National monument. My Senate office has the honor of looking out over this new monument. Today is also #EqualPayDay – where we pause to focus on the terrible pay inequity that’s still commonplace in our society. The numbers don’t lie – women are paid 79¢ for every $1 paid to men. See for yourself: http://bit.ly/TheSimpleTruth
This is very troubling when you consider that a paycheck can mean the difference between poverty and economic security for a family. We need equalpay now. We need to take a strong look across the board and understand that a person’s gender should not and cannot be a disqualifying factor for a better salary, a better job, or a better way of life. That’s why I spoke about the need to level the playing field and why I support the Paycheck Fairness Act. Although only today has been designated as Equal Pay Day, seeing a landmark dedicated to women’s equality just outside of my window will continue to serve as a reminder to me each and every day that the struggle for women’s equality presses on."
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren: "Today is Equal Pay Day — and I cannot believe that in 2016, I have to give another speech fighting for equal pay for equal work for women. I cannot believe that we’re still standing here debating whether a woman should get fired for asking what the guy down the hall makes for doing the same job. Equal Pay Day isn’t a national day of celebration. It’s a national day of embarrassment. We recognize Equal Pay Day today — and we fight so we don’t have to recognize it again."
Some countries have moved faster than others in addressing the problem. Since President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, it has been illegal in the United States to pay men and women working in the same place different salaries for similar work.
President Obama also remarks on Equal Pay Day.