8 Ways to Contribute an #EXTRA80 for Equal Pay Day 2020
Women in the U.S. typically earn 80% of the wages white men make. In order to earn equal pay, a typical woman needs to work three extra months to equal what their male counterparts earned the previous year. The date this falls on annually is called Equal Pay Day. This pay discrepancy increases for women of other racial backgrounds. Black women must work until August 13th to achieve equal pay, while Native American women must work until October 1st and Latina women until November 2nd.
On a day-to-day basis, that’s about 80 extra minutes. At the Susan B. Anthony Center, we are asking men to contribute an EXTRA 80 on Equal Pay Day 2020, which is on Tuesday, March 31, as well as throughout the year. The more people that support #EXTRA80 the better as we can all help fight for pay equity for all women because lost wages do not only affect women, but their families as well.
Women can partake in some of these also if they would like, specifically 6, 7 and 8, to help spread the word.
1. Work an extra 80 minutes in support of female colleagues from all racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Because women earn, on average, only 80% of what men make, on a daily basis they are working 80 minutes for free. Find out if one day of experiencing gender pay inequity strengthens your position as an ally.
2. Work an extra 80 minutes at home.
In addition to spending four more hours a week on housework than men, women in the U.S. spend twice as much time on child care (14 hours per week for women vs 7 hours per week for men).
3. Volunteer 80 minutes at an organization that addresses the needs of those who face health disparities.
Although racial disparities in healthcare have improved since the 1970s, there are still significant issues. These health disparities cost the nation an estimated $245 billion annually. For women, the intersection of gender and race can have high health costs.
4. Donate $80 to organizations that promote equity.
Pay discrimination is based on both gender and race. Data from 2013 shows that Black men made 75% and Hispanic men made 67% of the wages earned by White men, while White women made 78%, Black women 64%, and Hispanic women 54%.
5. Charge women 80% for goods and services on Equal Pay Day to highlight the wage difference between women and men.
This year Berlin’s mass transit system offered the Frauenticket, or women’s ticket, at a 21% discount to highlight the gender pay gap in Germany. The event received worldwide publicity.
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6. Spend 8 minutes researching the benefits of establishing pay equity for women and people of color in your organization, community, state, or country—and ask ten friends to do the same research.
The international consulting firm McKinsey & Company found that companies with the highest diversity, in gender, race, and ethnic background, were more likely to be profitable, in terms of both earnings and longer-term value creation. McKinsey also found that improving pay equity also works to advance global economic growth, with the potential to add $12 trillion to the world economy.
7. Spend 8 minutes researching the benefits of wage transparency for women and people of color. Information on the Pay Transparency Act can be found online. Ask ten friends to do the same research—information is power!
A wealth of research shows that pay transparency reduces wage disparities.
8. Publicize equal pay issues on social media – that means you’ll reach at least 80 people.
Social media can change societies and governments. If enough people support equal pay, lawmakers will pay attention.
Let us know which ones you plan on participating/ have participated in- we would love to hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org