Equal Pay Day marks the period of extra days in the current year which women need to work to achieve the same wages that men earned during the previous financial year!
When we look at the statistics from the 2017 year we find women need to work an additional 30 days to earn the same as men earned (based on average hourly pay) up to 31st December 2017. That takes us through to February 15th2018 and this is Red Bag Day or Equal Pay Day for this year.
Equal Pay Day is marked in many countries around the world and the day varies depending on the gender pay gap in any particular country. In New Zealand Equal Pay Day has not varied much over the previous six years but maybe, just maybe, it is starting to slightly improve:
2013 21 February
2014 20 February
2015 18 February
2016 18 February
2017 17 February
2018 15 February
One of the reasons for the gender pay gap is that historical occupational segregation has caused structural gender discrimination. There is systemic undervaluation of the work performed by women in many fields. It is such good news that the Joint Working Party on Pay Equity Principles is now being reconvened under the facilitation of Traci Houpapa to establish fair pay equity principles for women dominated industries.
2018 is shaping up to be an interesting year with opportunities for BPW NZ to use the publicity generated by the work of the Joint Working Party to advocate strongly for equal pay.
The aim is to reach January 1st as Equal Pay Day! And when that happens we can throw our red bags away!It’s not going to happen by itself! So the challenge for all BPW women is to take advantage of the opportunity Red Bag Day provides to promote this issue and build awareness in the community and through businesses. Together with other committed women and organisations through New Zealand we can improve the remuneration of working women!
Source: BPW New Zealand