Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Equal Pay Day 2017

Today is Equal Pay Day in the United States. The day exists to raise awareness of the pay gap that exists between men and women; in the United States, women are paid, on average, 79 cents to every dollar a man earns.

You'd think that this would be an uncontroversial day and one that only employers who skimp on pay would whine about but no, in every online discussion I saw about the day, the trolls were out, attempting to deny the existence of the pay gap. While the act of paying women less than men is misogyny in itself, people denying it exists shows how far misogyny is ingrained in a large amount of the population.

It sheds further light on why achieving full gender equality is a gargantuan task.

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