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3 ways to support AANHPI Women’s Equal Pay Day 2023

Emily McKay Johnson, Senior Policy Communications Coordinator

On April 5, 2023 we will be uplifting the national AANHPI Women’s Equal Pay Day with Equal Pay Today and partners across the country on social media.

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander women who work full time and part time are paid an average of only 80 cents per dollar paid to by a white man. Those who work full time, year round earn 90 cents per every dollar, but there’s a much larger story to uncover about these calculations.

When inspected closer, there are huge pay disparities between the 50+ ethnic subgroups of the AANHPI community. According to 2015-2019 data from Centers for American Progress (CAP), Burmese and Nepali women were among the lowest-earning women in the country, at 52 and 54 cents respectively. 

It’s important to recognize the need for stronger intersectional data collection so we can close the wage gap for the lowest earners in our country. When AANHPI women aren’t earning their fair share, it impacts their families, access to childcare, economic security, education, and their ability to thrive.

And the bottom line? The wage gap is preventable. 

So help us raise awareness for AANHPI Women’s Equal Pay Day on April 5, and throughout the year, with these three actions:

1. Join the AANHPI Women’s Equal Pay Day social media storm at 11am PDT/2pm EDT. Post, retweet, and like AANHPI Equal Pay Day posts. Pull content from our toolkit to raise awareness on your own social media profiles, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #AANHPIEqualPayDay

2. Pay discrimination is a persistent problem in our country that perpetuates poverty and robs women of what they’ve earned. Advocate for the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen protections of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, by emailing your representatives.

Click below to take action!

3. Help support equal pay awareness and empower our mission to close the wage gap by donating to the Equal Pay Today campaign.


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