Today is “Equal Pay Day,” symbolizing how far past 2016 and into 2017 women in the United States, on average, have to work to earn as much as men did in 2016. In other words, to bring home what men earn in 12 months, women have to work for more than 15 months – or until April 4.
Data from the US government showed a 20.4 percent wage gap between men and women for 2015. The median annual earnings of women who worked full-time, year-round were 79.6 percent of men’s full-time, year-round earnings that year. The gap is even larger for women of color.