The Michigan ACE Women’s Network is a proud sponsor of Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day was originated in Michigan by the Michigan Pay Equity Network and adopted 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.
Did you know that full-time earnings for women are approximately 78.6 percent of earnings for men? The White House also reports that the pay gap is greater for African-American and Latina women, with African-American women earning 64 cents and Latina women earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white, non-Hispanic male.
Two events are set for April 2017:
April 4: Campuses to Hold Michigan Equal Pay Day Activities
April 4 is Equal Pay Day nationally, meaning women have to work until April 4 the following year to catch up to their male counterparts working in the same position. MI-ACE Public Policy Committee created an Equal Pay Day Subcommittee, headed by Linda Logan, from Olivet College, to provide information and invite member institutions to hold Equal Pay Day events on their campuses on April 4.
Red is worn on this day as a symbol of how far women are “in the red” with regard to pay. In addition to wearing red, there are a variety of ways student groups can bring this issue to light on your campus and in your community. Follow the Michigan Equal Pay Day Coalition and share resources on social media.
More information about how to promote Equal Pay Day on your campus is available 2017EqualPayDay. This PowerPoint includes a Save the Date for April 4 activities on campuses, pledge cards and more information.
April 25: Michigan Equal Pay Legislative Day at the State Capitol
MI-ACE Women’s Network also participates in Lansing with the Equal Pay Day Coalition led by the American Association of University Women that includes an issues briefing prior to a rally in the rotunda of the Capitol Building. The agenda for legislative day is below:
8:30-11:30 a.m.: Issues briefing and luncheon, Central United Methodist, 215 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. Pre-registration is required. Deadline, April 17, 2017. Cost: $15. Registration link: https://www.facebook.com/MIequalpay/
12:30 p.m. Rally at the Capitol Steps, no registration required.
The public is invited, including students and colleagues, on the capitol steps.
Pictured below are faculty and staff members from Lansing Community College, wearing red in support of 2016 EPD.
Below is a group, including MI-ACE board members Linda Logan, Deb Bloom, MaryLee Davis and state chair Lynette Findley, attending the 2016 EPD rally at the Capitol in Lansing.