September 8 is #MomsEqualPay Day– the day in 2022 when the average working mom’s pay finally catches up to what the average dad earned in 2021. For every dollar paid to a working dad, moms only make 58 cents.
In other words, it takes moms roughly an extra 9 months to earn what dads earn. The data used to calculate Moms Equal Pay Day includes full-time, part-time, gig, seasonal, and contract workers. Read more by clicking here.
Here are 5 ways you can help us raise awareness about #MomsEqualPay Day!
1. Join the Twitterstorm at 11am PT / 2pm ET
Use the hashtag #MomsEqualPay to help us raise awareness about the wage gap and its impact on moms and their families. Use the social media toolkit linked below to engage in a robust online dialogue with advocates and moms across the nation.
Click here to raise awareness with pre-drafted tweets, graphics, and more!
The average working mom makes only 58 cents per $1 paid to the average dad. Retweet this to raise awareness with @equalpay2dayorg @equalrightsadv Let's close the racial and gender wage gaps! #MomsEqualPay
2. Learn the facts
Moms know the value of hard work – being a parent is a full-time job in itself. Let’s ensure moms get paid equally! Here are some of the reasons raising awareness about Moms Equal Pay Day is important:
- The “motherhood penalty” is a well-documented phenomenon that moms earn lower lifetime earnings/opportunities due to sexist attitudes and assumptions about their capabilities as working mothers.
- It is imperative that employers enact and employees voice support for policies that are dedicated to gender equity. Pay transparency and equal pay practices like regular audits can help identify disparities that negatively impact working moms.
- Access to abortion since the devastating overturn of Roe v Wade is synonymous with economic privilege. Moms and uterine bearing people need equal pay now more than ever. Read our statement here.
- Black mothers are leading so much of the organizing against police violence and anti-Black racism, including how it shows up in the workplace.
- LGBTQ women of color are more likely to be raising kids than their white counterparts, but also more likely to be living in poverty — in part due to pay discrimination.
3. Support Pay Transparency for Pay Equity! (California residents only)
Pay transparency is key to ensuring that companies take proactive and meaningful steps to close gender and racial pay gaps and ensure better representation of women and people of color at higher wage levels within their companies. We are so pleased to see one of our Stronger California priority bills awaiting Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature.
If you live in California, we urge you to click below and send a pre-drafted email asking the Governor to sign SB 1162 into law!
4. Read up on Family Voices Unmasked
From debt to childcare, the pandemic exacerbated barriers for working moms tenfold. Our Family Voices Amplified survey captures the economic reality of over 600 women, mostly Black and Latinx. Learn how you can support and advocate for policies in 2022 and beyond.
5. Support the Equal Pay Today campaign
Support the work of Equal Rights Advocates, and our national coalition project Equal Pay Today, in our fight to close gender and racial wage gaps. Every gift helps make a difference!