© National Committee
on Pay Equity
Equal Pay Day

The next Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages. (It was originally called “National Pay Inequity Awareness Day” and changed to Equal Pay Day in 1998.)

Since Census statistics showing the latest wage figures will not be available until late August or September, NCPE leadership decided years ago to select a Tuesday in April as Equal Pay Day. (Tuesday was selected to represent how far into the next work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week.) The date also is selected to avoid religious holidays and other significant events.

Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.

For more information, see NCPE's Equal Pay Day Kit
or contact the NCPE.


Next Equal Pay Day:
Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Wear RED on Equal Pay Day to symbolize how far women and minorities are "in the red" with their pay!

On previous Equal Pay Days, grassroots organizing on fair pay swept local communities. Women's business and professional associations, labor groups, civil rights organizations and others committed to equal pay coordinated activities to raise awareness about how to solve wage inequity.

Equal Pay Day 2013

Equal Pay Day 2012: NCPE honored Betty Dukes, who became the face of pay equity as the key plaintiff charging Wal-Mart with sex-based discrimination in pay and promotion.
>> Other 2012 activities

Equal Pay Day 2011: NCPE honored Citizens Across Wisconsin for defending public workers' rights -- the root of fair pay. Press release
>> Other 2011 activities

Equal Pay Day 2010: NCPE urged passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act.
>> Press release

Equal Pay Day 2009: NCPE joined AAUW and BPW in a Congressional briefing.

Equal Pay Day 2008: NCPE held a press conference on Capitol Hill, an event chaired by CLUW in support of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
>> Press release

Equal Pay Day 2007: NCPE teamed with Women Work and BPW-USA to stage a rally for equal pay on the West Lawn of the US Capitol on April 24.
>> Press release

Equal Pay Day 2006: NCPE joined forces with The WAGE Project to encourage the formation of WAGE Clubs.

Equal Pay Day 2005:
press event PHOTOS


Read about Equal Pay Day events around the nation and the world.


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