Equal Pay Day Events & Information

What is Equal Pay Day?

Equal Pay Day was developed by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Because the wage gap is wider for women of color, multiple dates exist corresponding with women belonging to different racial/ethnic groups. The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is proud to partner with the Office of the First Partner on the  #EqualPayCA campaign which highlights these issues annually. Dates for Equal Pay Days are based on annual U.S. Census data on median earnings for full-time, year-round workers. The Equal Pay Day dates for 2021 are:

  • AAPI WOMEN’S EQUAL PAY DAY 2020 – February 23, 2021
  • EQUAL PAY DAY – March 24, 2021
  • BLACK WOMEN’S EQUAL PAY DAY 2020 –  August 3, 2021
  • NATIVE WOMEN’S EQUAL PAY DAY 2020 –  September 8, 2021
  • LATINA EQUAL PAY DAY 2020 – October 21, 2021

Check out the following resources for more data on the wage gap to learn more then head over to our Pay Equity Resources page to learn how you can get involved and take the Pay Equity Pledge!

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