In 2016, the average salary for women workers in the United States was 79% of that of the average male worker.
Advocates mark this day to raise awareness about the gender wage gap and demand an end to this persistent injustice, which causes real and lasting harm to women and the families they support.
Which is why individuals, labor and community leaders, governmental representatives and others will come together tomorrow to say that this unfairness is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.
You can join the demand for Equal Pay during our Twitter Storm tomorrow from 2 to 3pm, using the EqualPayDay hashtag on Twitter.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1913, some 20,000 textile mill strikers in Paterson, New Jersey gathered on the green in front of the house of Pietro Botto, the socialist mayor of nearby Haledon, to receive encouragement by novelist Upton Sinclair, journalist John Reed and speakers from the Wobblies. Today, the Botto House is home to the American Labor Museum.
In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. returned to Memphis to stand with striking AFSCME sanitation workers, where he delivered his famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech in a church packed with union members and others. He was assassinated the following day.
Today’s labor quote is by Martin Luther King, Jr., from his speech on April 3, 1968 in that Memphis church:
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