Today is Equal Pay Day — the annual observance of the date that symbolizes how far into the year the average woman must work before earning what the average man earned in the previous year. In Arkansas, recent studies have found that women are paid around 78 cents for every dollar paid to men.
The Arkansas Equal Pay Coalition has come up with a nice way to observe the day, with three participating businesses offering 20 percent off to women:
Women in Arkansas earn approximately 80% compared to men.
For National Equal Pay Day three Little Rock businesses are helping us spread the word about the gender pay gap by charging women 80% of the cost of items (or, 20% off!).
So, ladies, pick your vice–wine, beer, or coffee–and receive 20% off for Equal Pay Day! It’s only fair, right?
Plus, your participation will help us spread the word about the gender pay gap in our state!
ZIN Wine Bar (both the downtown and West Little Rock locations), Flyway Brewing in North Little Rock, and River City Coffee on Kavanaugh are all participating.
The Chicago Tribune has a good article today on the national wage gap:
The most recent annual government data show women who work full-time, year-round still earn 80 cents for every dollar men earn, a level that has hardly budged over the past decade after rising from about 60 cents in 1980.
“The wage gap seems to be stuck,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president for workplace policies and strategies at the National Partnership for Women and Families. …
The gap exists, to varying degrees, across jobs and industries. Personal financial advisers show the largest disparity, with women’s median weekly earnings at 59 percent that of men’s, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Only in two occupational categories — “dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers” and ‘wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products’ — do women earn more than men, while in 107 occupations women earn less than 95 percent of their male counterparts, the report found.
State Rep. Clarke Tucker, a Democratic candidate for the Second Congressional District seat, highlighted Equal Pay Day in an email the campaign sent out today:
It’s Equal Pay Day — the day demonstrating how far a woman has to work into 2018 to make what a man did in the same job last year alone.
Right now, American women must do 30% more work than men to earn their fair share of pay. For women of color, that percentage is even higher.
We claim to be a nation of equality and fairness, yet year after year, women in Arkansas lose nearly $6 billion dollars in wages for themselves and their families due to the gender pay gap. And despite the fact women pay the same amount for a gallon of gas or a gallon of milk as a man, we continue to pay our mothers, sisters, and daughters less than their male counterparts.
Let’s make this Equal Pay Day the last one by making sure ALL WOMEN are paid equally for the same amount of work. Anything less isn’t just nonsensical—it’s downright wrong.
My team and I are working tirelessly to make sure this vicious cycle of underpaying and undervaluing women ends. And I will do the same in the US Congress.