Equal Pay Day symbolizes the date each year when the wages paid to American women catch up to the wages paid to men from the previous year. In 2014 Virginia’s Governor McAuliffe signed a proclamation making April 8, 2014, Equal Pay Day in Virginia. The proclamation was a symbolic step but still important in having women’s issues recognized for their impact on everyday lives.
The 2017 Equal Pay Day Proclamation
WHEREAS, more than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women, especially minority women, continue to suffer the consequences of unequal pay; and
WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2015, Virginia women working full-time year round earned on average 78 percent of what men earned; and
WHEREAS, Virginia ranks below the national average and 35th among the states in providing pay equity for women; and
WHEREAS, according to Graduating to a Pay Gap, a 2012 research report by the American Association of University Women, the gender pay gap is evident one year after college graduation, even after controlling for factors known to affect earnings, such as occupation, hours worked, and college major; and
WHEREAS, a lifetime of lower pay means women have less income to save for retirement and less income counted in a Social Security or pension benefit formula; and
WHEREAS, fair pay policies can be implemented simply and without undue costs or hardship in both the public and private sectors; and
WHEREAS, fair pay strengthens the security of families today and eases future retirement costs while enhancing the American economy; and
WHEREAS, Tuesday, April 4, symbolizes the date in 2017 when the wages paid to American women catch up to the wages paid to men from the previous year;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 4, 2017, as EQUAL PAY DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.
Be an advocate for Pay Equity! AAUW provides direction on advocacy through its “Two Minute Activist” program. Using this link, Write a letter , you can easily become an advocate by contacting your legislator online, in real time.