In light of public health concerns related to COVID-19, the in-person Equal Pay Day events have been canceled. We hope instead you’ll join us in recognizing #EqualPayDay virtually.
Starting now, leading up to, and especially on Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, March 31st, we invite Vermonters to post stories, actions or thoughts about equal pay and the gender wage gap, especially in light of our COVID19 public health crisis using hashtags #VTEqualPayDay and #COVIDVT19.
And, check out and use our #EqualPay Facebook frame: http://www.facebook.com/profilepicframes/?selected_overlay_id=620458348530464
We were inspired by posts from this week’s Equal Pay Day in Germany, an example: “When comparing average salaries, women worked for free until this day in the year. Mainly due to structural differences. Think about this in current times, when care-workers, nurses, supermarket cashiers, etc. push on while many of us #StayAtHome #EqualPayDay #heforshe #COVID19.”
Tag the Vermont Commission on Women, and our Change The Story partnership initiative partners:
Since 1996, Equal Pay Day has symbolized how far into the year women must work, on average, to earn as much as men earned the previous year due to the gender wage gap. In Vermont, the median annual income for women working full-time is about $8,000 less than the median annual salary for men, which equates to a wage gap of 16 cents on every dollar earned.
For many women with disabilities and women of color, the wage gap is more pronounced: Vermont women with disabilities earn 23% less than men with disabilities, and while Vermont’s size and current demographic profile make data accuracy challenging, we likely follow the pattern across the nation, where the wage gap is 11% for Asian women, 38% for Black and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander women, 42% for Native American women, and 46% for Hispanic/Latinx women.