That’s a line from George Orwell’s famous novel Animal Farm, in which the rulers of a so-called democratic society (pigs) decide they are more worthy than all of the other animals. In our own diverse society, the concept sounds crazy; there’s no one group more entitled than the rest…or is there?
Equal Pay Day, this year declared to be April 20 by the Equal Pay Coalition, illustrates how far into the next year a woman, on average, must work to earn the same amount a man made in the previous year. Just to be clear – that’s over 100 extra days or nearly 30%.
In 2013 the Equal Pay Coalition declared April 9 as Equal Pay Day. The latest stats show that the gender pay gap in Ontario has actually widened, which is why Equal Pay Day in 2015 is April 20.
Work by the Equal Pay Coalition led to the Ontario government’s commitment to developing a strategy to close Ontario’s gender pay gap. The Premier’s mandate letter to her Ministers recognizes that “women make up an integral part of our economy and society, but on average still do not earn as much as men.”
So although Equal Pay Day is not a celebratory one, it is a day for sober reflection and consideration of how to turn that commitment into reality for working women.