If you see a number of people wearing red today, this is why.
According to www.pay-equity.org, April 10, 2018, also known as Equal Pay Day, is to show how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year and to raise public awareness about the gap between men and women’s wages. Red is worn to symbolize how far women are “in the red” with their pay.
State Treasurer Lynn Fitch said she is a champion and a believer in equal pay.
“I think women who do the work should be equally paid as the men and it’s very disappointing to see that it did not pass our legislature again this year,” Fitch said. “I think it would say a tremendous voice to people across the state in the economic development to our women that you are valued, we believe in you and we respect you.”
She said she hopes is that very soon in the next session that it will be passed it is very beneficial to us for the long range.
“There are only two states that do not have an equal pay book, us and Alabama, so certainly I would like to see that haven sooner than later,” said Fitch.
The day was originated in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equality (NCPE).