Even during a pandemic, women performing essential work aren’t paid equally. And that’s no April Fool’s Day joke. Women working as grocery store cashiers and physicians caring for COVID-19 patients are only being paid about 65 percent of what their male counterparts are being paid.
Yesterday was Equal Pay Day, marking how far into 2020 women have to work to catch up to what men made last year. Every year this day is recognized by the Coalition of Labor Union Women and many other partner organizations to raise awareness about the gender wage gap. “The past few weeks made it very clear,” said CLUW. “A lifetime of pay discrimination adds up, with devastating consequences for our families, communities and our nation.”
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