Ask Your Elected Officials to Proclaim Equal Pay Day

You can encourage your governor, city council, and/or mayor to proclaim Equal Pay Day in your state and community using one of these sample proclamations. Equal Pay Day (typically held at the beginning of April) marks the symbolic day when women’s earnings catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year.

Download a Sample Proclamation

Equal Pay Day — April 14, 2015    Microsoft Office – OOXML – Word Document — 13 KB

You can also ask your elected officials to issue a proclamation for other Equal Pay Days that demonstrate the various dimensions of the pay gap for women of different backgrounds:

Moms’ Equal Pay Day — June 12, 2014    Microsoft Word — 30 KB

Black women’s Equal Pay Day — July 16, 2014    Microsoft Word — 31 KB

Latinas’ Equal Pay Day — October 8, 2015    Microsoft Word — 29 KB

Equal Pay Day Successes across the Country

At AAUW of Virginia’s request, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe proclaimed April 8, 2014, Equal Pay Day. AAUW of Nevada had the same success with Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval. AAUW of Missouri received a gubernatorial proclamation for Equal Pay Month in April 2014, and AAUW branches in Tennessee, New York, and other states received local proclamations.

A Sample 2015 Equal Pay Day Proclamation (see buttons above to personalize your own proclamation)

WHEREAS, more than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women, especially minority women, continue to suffer the consequences of unequal pay; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, women working full time, year round in 2013 typically earned 78 percent of what men earned, indicating little change or progress in pay equity; and

WHEREAS, according to Graduating to a Pay Gap, a 2012 research report by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the gender pay gap is evident one year after college graduation, even after controlling for factors known to affect earnings, such as occupation, hours worked, and college major; and

WHEREAS, in 2009 the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law, which gives back to employees their day in court to challenge a pay gap, and now we must pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would amend the Equal Pay Act by closing loopholes and improving the law’s effectiveness; and

WHEREAS, according to one estimate, college-educated women working full time earn more than a half million dollars less than their male peers do over the course of a lifetime; and

WHEREAS, nearly four in 10 mothers are primary breadwinners in their households, and nearly two-thirds are primary or significant earners, making pay equity critical to families’ economic security; and

WHEREAS, a lifetime of lower pay means women have less income to save for retirement and less income counted in a Social Security or pension benefit formula; and

WHEREAS, (insert a state/local report here, perhaps from an Equal Pay Commission study, a report from your Commission on the Status of Women, or the state-by-state rankings released as part of AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap); and

WHEREAS, fair pay equity policies can be implemented simply and without undue costs or hardship in both the public and private sectors; and

WHEREAS, fair pay strengthens the security of families today and eases future retirement costs while enhancing the American economy; and

WHEREAS, Tuesday, April 14, symbolizes the time in 2015 when the wages paid to American women catch up to the wages paid to men from the previous year,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, (insert name of public official), do hereby proclaim Tuesday, April 14, 2015:


(Insert name of city/county/state) urges the citizens of (insert name of city/county/state) to recognize the full value of women’s skills and significant contributions to the labor force and further encourages businesses to conduct an internal pay evaluation to ensure women are being paid fairly.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the official seal of (insert name of city/county/state) to be affixed.



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