Every year, Equal Pay Day is the day women have to work until into the new year to make as much as men made in the previous year. To make as much as a man did in 2015, women would have to work until Tuesday, April 12, 2016 to compensate for making $0.79 for every dollar men make.
American Association of University Women Vice President of Government Relations Lisa Maatz says the pay gap for minority women is even greater.
For Latinas, Equal Pay Day isn’t until Nov. 1. African American women have to work to Aug. 23. For Native American women, Sept. 13.
“For moms, Equal Pay Day is June 4,” Maatz says. “There absolutely is a motherhood penalty when it comes to the pay gap.”
A release by the White House says President Obama will designate a national monument in honor of the movement for women’s equality.
The new Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument will protect the iconic house, which served as the National Woman’s Party headquarters, but it will also serve to elevate and amplify the stories, memories, and accomplishments of the many women who passed through its halls — each profoundly dedicated to securing women’s suffrage and equal rights in the United States.
During the ceremony Tuesday, President Obama says, “If we truly value fairness then America should be a level playing field.”