Today is Equal Pay Day, which marks the number of extra days that American women, on average, have to work to match what American men made in the previous year. But the truth is there are actually a series of Equal Pay Days, since wage disparities are significantly worse for most women of color. Women, on average, earn about 20 percent less than what men earn, but when broken down by race, the numbers are even more bleak—according to the American Association of University Women, black and Latina women earn 63 percent and 54 percent of what white men make, respectively. That means it would take until August 7 for a black woman to earn what a white man earned in the previous year, and Hispanic women would have to wait until November 1. It’s bad.
In 1963, Congress passed the Equal Pay Act as a landmark effort to help fight wage discrimination. Progress made since then has been uneven: While the wage gap has narrowed since 1980—thanks largely to stronger legal protection, increasing educational attainment and work opportunities for women—it has plateaued for the past 15 years, according to the Pew Research Center.
Progress on closing the pay gap has also stalled in Congress, which has repeatedly failed to pass legislation that would help women close the gap, including paid family leave, raising the federal minimum wage, and passing the Paycheck Fairness Act that makes creates more transparency around wages and makes it harder for employers to retaliate against employees who complain about wage discrepancies. The full scale political assault on unions hasn’t helped things, either. On top of all that, the Trump administration is now actively rolling back critical protections for pay transparency.
In other words, there is a lot to be mad about and a lot of work to be done. In that spirit, we’d like to hear from you about wage discrepancies and other bullshit happening at your workplace. Tell us your worst stories of getting fucked over by a boss. If you did something about it—formed a union, started sharing salaries among coworkers, kidnapped your boss—tell us about that, too. We have a lot to learn from each other.