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Women in Europe currently earn on average 17.5% less than men.European Equal Pay Day – 5 March 2021.

Women in Europe currently earn on average 17.5% less than men.

This inequality has an impact throughout women’s lives and especially when they retire as lower salaries lead to lower pensions and a higher risk of poverty in older age.

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap. In the United States, this date symbolizes how far into the year the average women must work in order to earn what the average man earns in the previous year regardless of experience or job type.

The symbolic day was first observed in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity, a coalition of women's and civil rights organizations, labor unions, professional associations and individuals working to eliminate sex and race based wage discrimination and to achieve pay equity.

The goals of Equal Pay day are:

  • To provide information about the reasons for pay inequality.

  • To inform on equal pay and to raise awareness on the problem of unequal pay.

  • To provide a platform to share knowledge about equal pay and the equal pay day campaigns.

  • To create awareness of the problem.

  • To provide and create multipliers and supporters with helpful information.

  • Identify implementation strategies for closing the wage gap.

  • Close the gender pay gap.

  • To show strategies on how to close the gender pay gap.

  • To push towards the closure of the gender pay pay.

Pay differentials are permitted when they are based on seniority, merit, quantity or quality of production, or a factor other than sex. These are known as "affirmative defenses" and it is the employer's burden to prove that they apply.

The gender pay gap, although the gap is shrinking greatly as evidenced by EEOC data is defined as the average difference between men’s and women’s aggregate hourly earnings. The wage gap is due to a variety of causes, such as differences in education choices, differences in preferred job and industry, differences in the types of positions held by men and women, differences in the type of jobs men typically go into as opposed to women (especially highly paid high risk jobs), differences in amount of work experience, difference in length of the work week, and breaks in employment.

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