EDITOR: Like most of you, I thoroughly enjoy celebrating holidays. An exception is Equal Pay Day, which this year was on Tuesday.
Equal Pay Day marks the number of extra days into the year women must work to earn the pay men earned last year. This gender wage gap is definitely not a Hallmark occasion, especially for women of color, who must flip even more calendar pages to achieve equity.
I won't restate the many, many statistics about pay equity and how it's good for women, for families and for the economy. We know those facts and figures and the impact of the gender pay gap.
Instead, I'm focusing on the future. I want an end to Equal Pay Day. I don't want either of my young granddaughters to see it pop up on whatever technologically advanced calendar exists when they enter the workforce. Now that would be something to celebrate!
chairwoman, Wisconsin Women's Network,