Equal Pay Day highlights wage gap between women and men
Tuesday is Equal Pay Day and many are using this day to highlight the wage gap difference between men and women in 2015.
According to the United States Department of Labor, women make up 47 percent of the nation's workforce, but they are on average paid 78 cents for every dollar a man earns.
April 14 is a meaningful date because it symbolizes how much more into a new year the average American woman would need to work to make what the average American man earned the previous year.
Some D.C. businesses are also bringing attention to this salary disparity by offering 22 percent discounts to women.
Many have taken to social media using the hashtags #EqualPayDay and #EqualPayNow to highlight this trending issue.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted that D.C. has the smallest wage gap in the country.
Women in DC experience the smallest wage gap in the nation, earning 91 cents on the dollar on average. #stillnot100 pic.twitter.com/8Q1BYbiq1Q
It's time. #EqualPayNow pic.twitter.com/B3HbBxmMqw
"It is just not fair that women get paid less than men for the same job" —Sagehttps://t.co/x2v6fVmI5R #EqualPayDay pic.twitter.com/r2jjiDMUqd
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