As families across California face the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, CWLC recognizes the importance of today’s National Equal Pay Day. The 31st of March represents how far into 2020 women on average must work to earn what men did in 2019. Women must work a full three months longer than men to earn the same amount.
This economic disadvantage is especially glaring in moments of crisis. In 2019, women on average earned just 82 cents on every dollar the average man made.
The wage gap is worse for women of color. Today is also Cesar Chavez Day, which celebrates the legacy of a powerful advocate for worker’s rights. Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and many others have contributed greatly to improving wages and labor conditions for workers across the country. Still, Latinas are paid just 54 cents to every dollar an average white man makes.
These lower earnings mean that women have less ability to save, spend a higher percentage of their income on housing, and have little financial cushion. Women are also more likely to hold jobs that lack benefits, making them particularly vulnerable to economic disruptions.
Each year, CWLC recognizes Equal Pay Days to increase awareness about pay inequity and the compounding effects it has on the lives of women and their families. This year, we are joining the Art for Equal Pay initiative. This year-long campaign kicks off today with women artists raising their prices 15% to represent the gender pay gap. Due to urgent need, a portion of this money will be donated to COVID-19 relief efforts. You can join the campaign by taking the Art for Equal Pay pledge and purchasing artwork online today.
CWLC remains committed to advocating for gender pay equality and supporting the economic security of women and families. If you need assistance understanding what financial support is available to you during this public health emergency, visit our site for a list of services available in your area.
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