Women's Equal Pay Day

Women’s Equal Pay Day marks the day into the year on which it takes for women on average to earn what men did in 2019. In other words, based on a typical workday, women start working without pay at about 2:40 p.m. every day.


About 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.


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Gender Pay Gap Persists Even at Executive Level

Even women who climb their way to corporate America’s highest ranks are paid less than their male counterparts, new research confirms.

The National Partnership for Women and Families says, “On average, women employed full time in the United States lose a combined total of almost $900 billion every year due to the wage gap. These lost wages mean women and their families have less money to support themselves, save and invest for the future, and pay for the things they need…Families, businesses and the economy suffer as a result.”



Women make up about 47 percent of the overall workforce, yet make up 58 percent of the low-wage workforce, defined as those working in jobs that typically pay less than $11 per hour. They make up 69 percent of the very low-wage workforce—those working in jobs that typically pay less than $10 per hour, according to data by NWLC. Across all occupations, low or high wage, and even in occupations where women are overrepresented, they experience a wage gap. This impacts retirement savings, families well-being, and the greater economy.



According to data by the National Women’s Law Center, women in the U.S. who work full-time, year-round are typically paid only 82 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. NWLC identifies this gap as translating into $10,157 less per year in median earnings. Although enforcement of the Equal Pay Act and civil rights laws have helped narrow the gender wage gap over time, it has not eliminated it. As the Covid19 crisis has shown, addressing the continuing pay disparities is critical for economic security.

Report Resources

LeanIn.Org: Women in the Workplace Report

California Budget and Policy Center: Women’s Well Being Index

Morningstar: Gender Pay Gap Report


Of Women Hold Manager Positions Compared to Men

Women Were Promoted For Every 100 Men Promoted


Of Senior-level Women Take a Public Stand For Gender & Racial Equity at Work


Of Employees Consider Themselves An Ally to Women of Color at Work


Social Media Toolkit

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is excited to share our social media toolkit for Equal Pay Day. This toolkit provides content for to help increase awareness about the challenges facing women, and particularly women of color, in the workplace. Addressing this significant disparity is critical to ensuring the economic security of women and their families.

Media Toolkit

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