Equal Pay Day - why do women's salaries still lag behind men?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Advocates for women are calling April 12 Equal Pay Day to draw attention to differences in pay among men and women.

The day is observed on the second Tuesday in April to show how long into the next year a woman would have to work, on average, to catch up to the average salary paid to a man the year before.

According to data from the US Census, women in North Carolina made almost 76 cents for every dollar a man earned, by comparing the median income for full-time workers in 2014. That's higher than the national average, which is 71 cents per dollar.

View that data here.

Vicki Shabo, Vice President of the National Partnership for Women and Families explains Equal Pay Day and the gender pay gap.

Vicki Shabo

Others, such as those at the American Enterprise Institute, argue that other factors, such as the number of hours worked and family status, are not being looked at when examining the differences in pay and that they could account for the difference in the gap.

View their report here.

Mitch Kokai, senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation, explains how difference in gender pay may be misinterpreted.

Mitch Kokai

People are tweeting about it using the hashtag "#EqualPayDay."

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