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The Value of Equal Pay to the US Economy


The Value of Equal Pay to the US Economy

Kate Bahn

This year, Equal Pay Day falls on April 4. This means that the average woman had to work from the start of 2016 through April 4, 2017 to earn as much as an average man did in 2016 alone. Put another way, women currently earn 80 cents for each dollar that men earn.


Actually, the 80% statistic, while valid, does not begin to take into account most of the unpaid labor performed by women away from the workplace. Women are the most undervalued resource in our
society, or any other. Unless and until the full potential of women is allowed, and fully appreciated, no society can ever realize its full potential.