Louisiana Federation of Business & Professional Women


What is Equal Pay Day?

Each year, BPW/USA members and advocates across the country organize Equal Pay Day activities and events in April to bring attention to the issue of pay equity.  Equal Pay Day is held annually in April to signify the point into a year that a woman must work to earn what a man made the previous year.  According to the 2006 Census Bureau, women on average earn 77 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts.  Women in Louisiana - 67 cents on the dollar.  For women of color, the wage gap worsens: African American women make 66 cents, Latinas make 55 cents and Asian American women make 80 cents.  The next Equal Pay Day is April 12, 2011.   

BPW members organize events and activities not only for Equal Pay Day but year round to educate the public about the wage gap.

Click here for helpful tools to assist you in the planning of these events and activities.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, marked the 2nd year anniversary of the enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  As the first piece of legislation signed into law by President Obama, it was a proud moment for BPW members - a reward for all the emails sent, calls made, and visits paid to your members of Congress.  Together with the House passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, we felt we were on the road to fair pay.  


But even today, the Paycheck Fairness Act, the essential companion legislation to the Ledbetter bill, has not passed in the Senate.  Sen. Mary Landrieu signed on as a cosponsor.  


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