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4 things to know about Equal Pay Day

06 April 2017

Molly Kepner, right, smiles after hearing the news of her discount from Tom Grover at The Works Bakery Cafe, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 in Concord, N.H. The New Hampshire bakery chain gave women a break in honor of Equal Pay Day charging them 79 percent of their bill.

It takes a woman until the following Tuesday to earn what a man does in a single week, and more than 15 months to earn what a man does in a year, according to the National Committee on Pay Equity. It's a sobering reminder of the wage gap in the U.S and a hint that there is a lot of work to do, like banning salary history questions, in order to make workplaces equitable.

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette League of Women Voters members pass out pamphlets and cookies at Michigan Technological University's Equal Pay Day. The AAUW also offers sample materials, such as an "Equal Pay Day Proclamation".

In 28 states, the pay gaps between men and women are larger than the US average, and the majority of those states are in the South and West. In the United Kingdom, the Telegraph posted 14 designs created by social media users to visualize the gender pay gap, such as the one below.

The wage gap is even worse for Latinas: Latina women earn just 54 cents on the dollar to white men. She might want to take a closer look at the policies and ideologies her father and his administration have already set forth.

Women in New York State only earn 89 cents for every dollar a man does. In 2014, women earned 78.6 cents for every dollar a man made.

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Some will join an Equal Pay Day rally in Lansing on April 25.

"If you own a business and happen to be a women make sure you're setting an example for the rest of the businesses in the community, it's important", Sharp said.

Every woman deserves to get paid what she's worth.

The group said they distributed at least 200 booklets and 150 cookies.

"If we could get companies to step up, have the conversation and commit to paying equally, half of the problem would go away", says Janet Altman, Board Chair of The Women's Fund Miami-Dade.

According to data from the US Census Bureau and the Department of Labor, most women do not make as much money annually as men do.