The Michigan ACE Women’s Network works in partnership with the Michigan Equal Pay Coalition to raise awareness of pay inequity between men’s and women’s earnings. MI-ACE representatives and other partners advocated in Lansing May 22 for Equal Pay Lobby Day.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer, state legislators, a representative from U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s office and others gave updates on state and federal efforts. Bills to strengthen Michigan’s equal pay laws were introduced that day.
Did you know that full-time earnings for women are approximately 80.5 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 62.5 cents and Latina women earning 54.4 cents for every dollar earned by a white, non-Hispanic male.
To spread awareness of Equal Pay Day on your campus, we invite you or your student organizations to use this EPD toolkit:
• PowerPoint of Equal Pay Day history, facts and action items
• Postcards that can be customized to your events
• Letter asking for support