Take Action to Close the Gender Pay Gap on Native Women’s Equal Pay Day

Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander women are paid 59 cents for every dollar paid to white men. American Indian and Alaska Native women are paid just 57 cents compared to white men's dollar.
September 25, 2017


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Monday, September 25, marks Native women’s Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when Native women’s earnings “catch up” to white men’s earnings from the previous year. In 2016, American Indian and Alaska Native women were paid just 57 cents for every dollar white men were paid. For Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, that number was 59 cents.

Native women’s Equal Pay Day marks a powerful moment for national action. And there are many things individuals, employers, and governments can do to help close the gender pay gap.

Here are ways you can take action to close the gender pay gap in observance of Native women’s Equal Pay Day.


1. Tell Congress that women can’t afford to wait for equal pay.

Sign our petition to urge your members of Congress to support strong, effective legislation to close the gender pay gap. AAUW has long called for federal action to address the gender pay gap but we know that not all reforms are created equal. We want to see meaningful solutions like the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Fair Pay Act.


2. Join the official #NativeWomenEqualPay Twitter storm.

Raise your voice! Join the Twitter storm from 2 to 3 p.m. ET on September 25. We’ll share new data, explain the pay gap, suggest solutions, and, with your help, agitate for change. Follow @AAUW and use hashtags #NativeWomenEqualPay and #indigenouswomen.

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3. Empower the women in your community to negotiate their salaries.

Our AAUW Work Smart and AAUW Start Smart salary negotiation program is helping close the gender pay gap, one workshop at a time. Informed by research, the workshops are designed to empower women with the skills and confidence they need to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits. Attend a workshop, train to become a facilitator, or host the program on your campus or in your community.


4. Become an AAUW member.

Founded in 1881, AAUWhas been studying the gender pay gap since 1894, when we first analyzed the pay of college-educated women. Today we fight to close the pay gap by offering salary negotiation workshops; providing case support to plaintiffs seeking fair pay; and advocating for legislative action on equal pay at the federal, state, and local levels. By becoming a member today, you have the chance to amplify our work to improve the lives of women and girls in their communities and beyond.


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