MONMOUTH COUNTY - Assemblywoman Joann Downey this month sponsored a legislative resolution that would formally recognize “Equal Pay Day” in New Jersey.
This bill (AJR52) would designate the second Tuesday in April as “Equal Pay Day.” More than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women, especially minority women, continue to suffer the consequences of unequal pay. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women working full-time, year-round in 2014 typically earned 79 percent of what men earned, indicating little change or progress in pay equity.
Assemblywoman Downey released the following statement regarding this legislation:
“Equal pay is about more than just fairness - it’s about investing in women and their families. By designating the second Tuesday of April each year as “Equal Pay Day,” we can raise awareness of the gender wage gap and fight to make sure that every woman is paid what she’s worth.”
The second Tuesday in April represents the number of extra days a typical woman working full-time would have to work into the current year just to make the same amount of wages as a typical man did in the previous year. Additional unofficial “Equal Pay Days” for women of color fall even later in the year, reflecting the additional pay equity gaps for black, Asian, and Hispanic women.