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How Equal Pay Day Was Celebrated in the United States

April 4th is Equal Pay Day, dedicated to increasing awareness surrounding the gender pay gap. This is how Equal Pay Day was celebrated in the United States: on March 27th, the President reversed protections for women workers…

Trump Pulls Back Obama-Era Protections for Women Workers | NBC News

“…On March 27, Trump revoked the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order then-President Barack Obama put in place to ensure that companies with federal contracts comply with 14 labor and civil rights laws. The Fair Pay order was put in place after a 2010 Government Accountability Office investigation showed that companies with rampant violations were being awarded millions in federal contracts…” ~ Mary Emily O’Hara

Does 45’s cavalier attitude towards women’s pay make you angry? Perhaps the responding tweets to Ivanka Trump’s celebration of Equal Pay Day will be cathartic for you…

Women Torch Ivanka Trump for Celebrating Equal Pay Day After Her Dad Reverses Equal Pay Protection | Addicting Info

“… There’s not a lot to celebrate this year since Trump’s order gives companies the ability to once again hide pay discrepancies from their female employees and force female employees who are sexually harassed or assaulted on the job to remain silent about it…” ~ Stephen D. Foster Jr.

Be aware. Be fair.

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • Don’t have any experience as worked for school system and everyone got same pay according to position and nothing to do with gender.Everyone does get equal pay in the public/government sector. But I heard one discussion that skews the conversation falsely re pay difference. If a man owns a clothing shop and pays his 8 woman seamstresses $10 and hour and the male foreman $20 an hour, this is fed into the statistics to try to prove women make less money than men which in this situation is not an accurate conclusion. Now if the new female foreperson got $17 an hour instead of $20 that would be gender inequality. Of course experience and other abilities or lack of would have to be some variables in determining pay. When they say women make only 75% of male pay that does not take into account that most big money positions are held by men so pay is higher and more women work part time so net pay is lower.

    • Yes, there are many variables. Even figuring out what is equal work/experience has to be challenging. All women may lose on pay because there is an expectation that their work, at some point will be disrupted by family care (unpaid labor!) — probably a reality. Unions, like teachers unions, help.

      Me thinks it would take a professional statistician to understand the data they are using. I always wonder what the hidden agenda is that motivates someone to disseminate information. Everyone has a bias, and that’s probably easy enough to discern, but is their info accurate, complete, up-to-date, and relevant?

      Yes, more men hold higher paying positions. Many women want and deserve promotions, but don’t get them. (Men probably feel the same way.)

      The folks with the least (financial) power more often get the raw end of the deal. Over time, like compound interest, the difference grows and grows, which exacerbates inequality.


  • Sadly in many workplaces including mine Women’s Equal Rights were never acknowledged much less celebrated. Even before 45 got in office women at my job were and are constantly sexually harassed, belittled and often forced to resign from the job. Laws are no good unless they can be enforced and you can’t force Human Resources, Mgmt or anybody in Leadership to obey these laws. They know if they break the law they will get away with their abuse. I’m looking forward to retirement when my season in hell will end.

    • Agreed. 45 has not instituted, initiated, or influenced anything (don’t give him iny credit). Greed, misogyny, scapegoating, and cheating have been around for a long. These are the kinds of things we hope civilization will curb.

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