“Happy Equal Pay Day,” said no woman ever. June 7 marks Wake Women’s Equal Pay Day. This date symbolizes how far into the next year women in Wake County must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.
You may recall that National Equal Pay Day was April 12. There’s a reason why Wake’s Equal Pay Day is so much later.
69¢ on the Dollar
Nationally, women earn an average of 79¢ for every dollar a man makes. In Wake County that amount falls to 69¢. This has a tremendous impact on every Wake County family.
The following infographics shine a light on some of the biggest issues as documented by State of Employment for Women in Wake County—a report published by the Wake County Commission for Women.
Task Force on Women’s Employment
The report made some immediate suggestions:
- Incentivize private employers to help ease the high cost of childcare
- Expand existing GED programs to include college-level offerings
- Encourage workplace flexibility to help close income gap
- Offer “return to work” programs and paid internships for women who have taken a break from the workforce
- Create a task force to take action on these recommendations and evoke real change in our community
On May 25, the Wake County Task Force on Employment and Wage Issues for Women met. They are working over the next nine months on further recommendations to address this important issue.
What can you do?
Take part of the conversation with #WakeEqualPay. If we work together we can help get equal pay for equal work.