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Equal Pay Day: March 14, 2023

Press Release Number CB23-SFS.34

According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, “The next Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, March 14, 2023.

“This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

“Equal Pay Day was originated 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. (It was originally called ‘National Pay Inequity Awareness Day’ and changed to Equal Pay Day in 1998.)

“Since Census statistics showing the latest wage figures will not be available until late August or September, NCPE leadership decided years ago to select a Tuesday in April [now March] as Equal Pay Day. (Tuesday was selected to represent how far into the next work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week.) The date also is selected to avoid religious holidays and other significant events.

“Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.”

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Source: Current Population Survey (CPS), Annual Social and Economic Supplement.

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Page Last Revised - March 10, 2023
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