Good day Chester County, hope you get the opportunity to enjoy today’s bright sunshine.
I guess I’m a Day Late and a Dollar Short with this, well, technically, 21 cents short.
In case you missed it, April 12 was designated as Equal Pay Day and groups from around the country, as well as President Obama, had their voices heard Tuesday about the inequality that still stands in 2016 between men and women when it comes to pay.
It’s actually pretty amazing that this is still in the discussion.
Equal Pay Day, April 12 this year, is the date in the current year that represents the extra days a typical woman working full-time would have to work just to make the same as a typical man did in the previous year.
Take a second and think about that. Here we are in 2016 and nationally, full-time, year-around female workers are paid 79 cents for every dollar full-time, year-round male employees are paid, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 Current Population Survey of workers ages 15 and older.
"Every study that has tried to control for every factor — and there are legitimate reasons for differences like education, experience and productivity — but even factoring in all of those, there’s always a certain percentage of the pay gap that can’t be explained,” said Michele Leber, chairwoman of the National Committee on Pay Equity, which started Equal Pay Day 20 years ago, in an interview.
As the father of two boys, I can’t imagine the conversation fathers with daughters must be having when they are asked, “Daddy, why do women get paid less than men.”
Here’s one more fact that can’t be disputed: In 2014, the median income for men who worked full-time was $50,383. For women, it was $39,621. That $10,762 disparity works out to $897 a month. That's money that could be very helpful in paying for rent or food or clothes or repairs or other emergencies.
Let’s just hope with all the attention this day brings that someday there will be no need for a day like Equal Pay Day. We have a long way to go, I’m just hoping that my two-year-old granddaughter won’t be asking Pop-Pop that question.