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Equal Pay Day: What Is It and How Do I Get Paid?

April 2, 2019

You've probably seen on social media that today, April 2, is Equal Pay Day. The date marks how far into 2019 women have to work to finally earn as much money as men earned just in 2018. There is, however, a very important caveat to this date; it's calculated by averaging the earnings of all women — black women, Latina women, Asian women, Indigenous women, white women, and all other demographic groups.

That means, in reality, there are multiple Equal Pay Days, as explained in a Fortune article published this morning. It also means that, when talking about the gender pay gap, we must remember that the commonly used statistic of women only making 77¢ to a man's dollar refers to white women's earnings. In the infographic below, the AAUW breaks down the gender pay disparity by race.

Screen Shot 2019-04-02 at 12.08.27 PMSource: AAUW, The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap

With these statistics in mind, let’s make sure we highlight the other Equal Pay Days of 2019:

  • March 5, 2019: the day that Asian women finally earned as much as men in 2018
  • April 19, 2019: the day that white women finally earn as much as men in 2018
  • August 22, 2019: the day that black women finally earn as much as men in 2018
  • September 23, 2019: the day that Indigenous women finally earn as much as men in 2018
  • November 20, 2019: the day that Latina women finally earn as much as men in 2018

One step in closing the gender pay gap is to advocate for yourself and negotiate your salary. In addition to intersectional statistics, the AAUW offers free salary negotiation workshops through their Start Smart and Work Smart programs. You can attend these workshops in person across the country or online from the comfort of your own home. For my fellow Bostonian ladies, I've rounded up the upcoming free AAUW salary negotiation workshops (and a few other pay and finance related events) below.

And to close, I want to leave you with this gif of Rihanna, sharing a mantra for today on Equal Pay Day and every other day of the year:

Image result for pay me what you owe me gif

 

Back Bay

AAUW Work Smart in Boston at WeWork 501 Boylston
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
5:30pm - 7:30pm
WeWork
501 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Cost: Free

AAUW Work Smart in Boston at Boston Central Public Library
Saturday, April 6, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm
Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Cost: Free

Ladies Get Paid + European Wax Center Present: Ax the Pink Tax (Boston)
Thursday, April 11, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
WeWork
501 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Cost: Free

AAUW Work Smart in Boston with Hall
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Hall Boston
44 Gloucester Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02115

Cost: Free

Ladies Get Paid x Hired Boston Equal Pay Panel
Thursday, April 25, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location TBD

Cost: Free


Brookline

Scaling Up: Women in Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Boston University BUild Lab
730 Commonwealth Avenue
Brookline, MA 02446

Cost: Free

 

  


Cambridge

Women's Economic Empowerment Series Part II (Cambridge)
Monday, April 8, 2019
5:30pm - 8:00pm
YWCA
7 Temple Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Cost: Free

We Got The Power: Building Wealth by Investing in Women
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Harvard Business School
Cambridge, MA

Cost: Free


Dorchester

AAUW Work Smart in Boston at Boston Public Library (Fields Corner)
Tuesday, April 3, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Boston Public Library - Fields Corner
1520 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122

Cost: Free

 

Downtown Boston

Salary Negotiation Workshop with AAUW Work Smart Boston
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm
General Assembly Boston
125 Summer Street, 13th Floor
Boston, MA 02110

Cost: Free

Women with Purpose: Negotiation & Financial Empowerment Seminar
Saturday, April 6, 2019
10:00am - 2:00pm
Suffolk University
120 Tremont Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Cost: $25

Raising a Seed Round: Creating a Fundraising Strategy for Female Founders 
Thursday, April 24, 2019
11:00am - 2:00pm
WINLab of Babson College - Boston
100 High Street, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

Cost: Free

AAUW Work Smart in Boston at MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center
75 Federal Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110

Cost: Free

AAUW Work Smart in Boston at WeWork South Station
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
5:30pm - 7:30pm
WeWork South Station
745 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Cost: Free

AAUW Work Smart in Boston hosted by Publicis Groupe
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Publicis Groupe
40 Water Street
Boston, MA 02110

Cost: Free

AAUW Work Smart in Boston at WeWork South Station
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
5:30pm - 7:30pm
WeWork South Station
745 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Cost: Free

AAUW Work Smart in Boston at MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center
75 Federal Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110

Cost: Free

AAUW Work Smart in Boston at WeWork South Station
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
5:30pm - 7:30pm
WeWork South Station
745 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Cost: Free

AAUW Work Smart in Boston at MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center
75 Federal Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110

Cost: Free

AAUW Work Smart in Boston at MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center
75 Federal Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110

Cost: Free

AAUW Work Smart in Boston at MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center
75 Federal Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110

Cost: Free

AAUW Work Smart in Boston at MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center
75 Federal Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110

Cost: Free


Roxbury

AAUW Work Smart in Boston at Northeastern Crossing
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Northeastern Crossing
1175 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02120

Cost: Free

AAUW Work Smart in Boston at Northeastern Crossing
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Northeastern Crossing
1175 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02120

Cost: Free

 

Seaport

Work Smart in Boston: Salary Negotiation Workshop (DH x AAUW)
Monday, April 22, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
District Hall
75 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Cost: Free

Work Smart in Boston: Salary Negotiation Workshop (DH x AAUW)
Thursday, May 23, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
District Hall
75 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Cost: Free

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