Take Action to Close the Gender Pay Gap on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Equal Pay Day

February 22, 2018

Asian women are paid only 87 percent of what white men are paid.

Time: All day
Location: On Twitter! Follow @AAUW and @AAUWPolicy, and use hashtags #AAPIEqualPay and #NotYourModelMinority.
Cost: Free

Event description

Thursday, February 22, marks Asian American Women’s Equal Pay Day, the symbolic date when Asian American women’s earnings “catch up” to non-Hispanic white men’s earnings from the previous year. Asian American women are paid 87 percent of what non-Hispanic white men are paid. That means it takes Asian American women nearly 14 months of full-time, year-round work in order to be paid what the average non-Hispanic white man took home in just 12 months.

AAUW and our partner organizations use the date to call attention to the gender pay gap faced by Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women. There are many things individuals, employers, and the government can do to help close the gender pay gap. Join us!

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

At the current rate of progress in closing the gap, women will not receive pay equity until 2119. Women and families can’t afford to wait that long. 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 such meaningful solutions as the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Fair Pay Act. Learn more at fightforfairpay.org.

2. Join the official #AAPIEqualPay Twitter storm.

Raise your voice! Join the Twitter storm from 2 to 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 22. Along with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) and other organizations we’ll share new data, explain the pay gap, suggest solutions, and, with your help, agitate for change. Use the sample tweets below and learn more at AAPIEqualPayDay.org.

Follow @AAUW and @AAUWPolicy and use hashtags #AAPIEqualPay and #NotYourModelMinority.

Sample Tweets

Download an image to share on social media.

3. Empower women 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 our research, the workshops are designed to empower women with the skills and confidence they need to successfully negotiate their salaries and benefits. As we continue to work toward policy changes, our workshops equip women with the tools they need to begin improving their lives right away. There are many ways that you can get involved: Attend a workshoptrain to become a facilitator, or host the program for your campus or community.

4. Become an AAUW member.

AAUW has 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 legislative action on equal pay at the federal, state, and local levels. By becoming a member today, you can amplify our work to improve the lives of women and girls in your community and beyond.

5. Mark your calendar for the additional equal pay days in 2018.

The gender pay gap varies widely by racial groups, and it cannot be closed until we address all of its effects. Save the dates for these additional equal pay days by race, and sign up to be an AAUW Two-Minute Activist for updates and reminders on how to take action.

April 10, 2018
All women’s Equal Pay Day

April 17, 2018
White women’s Equal Pay Day

August 7, 2018
Black women’s Equal Pay Day

September 27, 2018
Native women’s Equal Pay Day

November 1, 2018
Latinas’ Equal Pay Day