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: