Equal Pay Day 2018 highlighting the wage gap in Arizona and across the US

Equal Pay Day 2018 highlighting the wage gap in Arizona and across the US
Source: EqualPayToday.Org

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - April 10, 2018 is Equal Pay Day. It's the approximate day that a woman must work into the year to equal the pay made by a man the previous year.

When it comes to the wage gap the state of Arizona is doing better than the national average. Arizona ranks eighth in terms of the wage gap compared to the rest of the U.S. Women make 80 cents for every dollar men make. Nationally, the wage gap has women making 78 cents for every dollar men make.

The wage gap grows bigger in Arizona, however, when it comes to varying ethnicities.

According the Arizona Foundation for Women, the numbers are as follows: Asian and Pacific Islander women in Arizona make 80 cents for every dollar a man makes, white women in Arizona make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes, black women make 67 cents for every dollar a man makes, Native American women make 58 cents for every dollar a man makes, and Latina women make 54 cents for every dollar a man makes.

To bring attention to the wage gap organizers of the Equal Pay Day movement are suggesting women wear red to show how they feel that women are 'in the red' when it comes to what they are paid. They are also asking that people use the hashtags #TalkPay, #EqualPay, and #Time4Transparency on social media to rally attention from lawmakers. If you're looking for more information on Equal Pay Day click here.

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