Equal Pay Day 2021

 

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap. In the United States, this date symbolizes how far into the year the average women must work in order to earn what the average man earns in the previous year regardless of experience or job type. The exact day differs year by year. In 2021, it is March 24. On average, women earn $0.82 for every dollar men earned in 2019. After accounting for hours worked, career field, education, and employment sector, the wage gap by gender shrinks to 7% according to the American Association of University Women.

In the United States, the average wage gap for women also varies by demographic and therefore also has different dates to recognize how far into the year an average women of color needs to work to earn what the average man earned in the previous year without accounting for job type, education, etc. In 2019, compared to each $1 earned by a white, non-Hispanic man, on average:

  • Asian-American women earned $0.85, so their equal pay day was March 5;
  • African and Black American women earned $0.61, so their equal pay day was August 22;
  • Native American women earned $0.58, so their equal pay day was September 23;
  • Latinas earned $0.53, so their equal pay day was November 20.