|Equal Pay Day
About Equal Pay Day
The Equal Pay Day calls attention to the severe gender pay gap and symbolizes the day women start to earn, whereas men already earn their wages since January 1 of a given year (based on the assumption that both women and men earn the same wages).
The calculation of the Equal Pay Day depends on the gender pay gap measured as the average difference between women's and men's ages. In this regard, the Equal Pay Day differs in every country in correspondence to respective pay gap.
The reasons for the gender pay gap are manifold and intertwined. The list below shows major causes of the pay gap:
The Equal Pay Day does not only focusses on the wage gap, but is also a platform to discuss the causes behind the pay gap and to propose solutions on how to decrease the wage gap.
Former EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship:
"The European Equal Pay Day reminds us of the days and hours that women have been working 'for free' since 1 January. The principle of equal pay for equal work is written in the EU Treaties since 1957. It is high time that it is put in practice everywhere. I am grateful to the global Equal Pay Campaign Day for helping us to make this happen. Let us work together to deliver results not only on Equal Pay Days, but on all 365 days a year!"