Today marks how far into 2019 the average American woman must work to earn what the average American man earns in the previous year, based on 2017 Census data (adjusted slightly to avoid holidays and weekends).

It’s always a sobering day, no matter how you look at it:

  • We’re already a full quarter into the year. A full quarter! That means women have to work through Q1 to catch up to the previous fiscal year.
  • The average American worker receives 10 days of vacation each year. Women would have to work through vacations for 6-7 years to catch up with men.
  • It takes until spring time – a whole season – for women to finally catch up to what men earned by practically the start of winter (give or take a few days there).

There’s also the fact that April 2nd is the calculation for the average woman. When you adjust for other factors such as ethnicity or parenthood, it’s even more sobering.

Asian-American Women
5 March at 85¢
Note: Figures vary widely in this demographic depending on specific ethnic backgrounds.

White Women
19 April at 77¢

All Moms (compared to all Dads)
10 June at 69¢

African-American/Black Women
22 August at 61¢

Native American Women
23 September at 58¢

20 November at 53¢

More on Equal Pay Day

First things first, if you’re available next Thursday, we’re co-hosting a conference call with our friends at Fairygodboss on negotiating your salary. We hope you can join us (and feel free to pass it along!).

We also recently had a conference call with Steven Huang, Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Culture Amp, who talked with us about some of the research around how becoming a parent can affect mothers and fathers differently.

In recognition of Equal Pay Day, should you choose to sign up for The Dot, our yearly membership for D&I leads and enthusiasts, please enjoy a 50% discount on any membership tier using the code EQUALPAY.

We’ve written a lot on the subject in the past. Here are a few of our favorites.

Resources on the Gender Pay Gap