This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.
Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.
Recent articles regarding sex differences in physician salaries:
- Jena, AB; et al. Sex Differences in Physician Salary in US Public Medical Schools. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(9):1294-1304
- Medscape Physician Report
- Freund, KM; et al. Inequities in Academic compensation by Gender: A Follow-up to the National Faculty Survey Cohort Study. Acad. Med. 2016; 91 (8): 1068 – 1073.
We hope that all AMWA members will continue to advocate for equal pay for women through your local and national networks.