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Date(s) - Thursday, Oct 29
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Richard J. Daley Center



Each year, Equal Pay Day is recognized world-wide to bring greater awareness to the racial and gender pay disparities. In the United States, the April date symbolically marks how far into a new year the average woman must work to earn as much as the average white man did in the previous year.

Women still face an average wage gap of almost 20%, and many women of color face much larger gaps. That is why the Equal Pay Day Chicago coalition announces that we will hold Chicago’s 2020 rally to end the gender wage gap on the last equal pay day observed in 2020—Latina Equal Pay Day on October 29th—rather than on March 31st when Equal Pay Day, marking the average gap for women, is observed nationally.

With this move, we recognize that we will not close/ the gender wage gap until every woman is compensated with equal pay for equal work. While on average, women earn 82 cents for every dollar white men earn, women of color routinely experience much wider wage gaps due to the compounding effects of gender and racial discrimination, and in recent years, some of those gaps have widened. Asian American and Pacific Islander women make an average of 90 cents for every dollar paid to white men, but some ethnic subgroups make as little as 50 cents. Black women make 62 cents. Native women make 57 cents. And Latinas make just 54 cents for every dollar paid to white men. It takes more than 22 months of work on average for Latinas to earn what white men do in 12.

In Chicago and Cook County, where women of color hold the five highest elected offices—Mayor, Treasurer, City Clerk, President of the County Board, and County Clerk—as well as having women of color serving as the state’s lieutenant governor and comptroller—we are proud to center the experiences of women of color in the pay equity conversation.

Join us! Equal Pay Day Chicago is both a focal point to raise awareness of pay equality, and a platform for organizations to collaborate across the state. We invite you to be a part of this effort.

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Equal Pay Day Chicago will be Thursday, October 29.



Thank you to our generous 2019 sponsors:

American Association of University Women (AAUW-Illinois)
Illinois Federation of Business Women (IFBW)
Professional Women’s Club of Chicago (PWCC)
The Wood Law Office, LLC

Equal Pay Day Chicago includes the following supporting organizations:
AAUW Chicago
AAUW Northwest Suburbs
AAUW Palos Orland Branch
AAUW Wheaton/Glen Ellyn
ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
Affinity Community Services
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Chi Omega Omega Chapter
Arise Chicago
Bellows Law Group
Blacks in Government
Black Women Lawyer’s Association
Cause the Effect
Chicago Area Women’s History Council
Chicago Bar Association YLS Women in the Law
Chicago Commission on Human Relations
Chicago Foundation for Women
Chicago NOW
Chicago Women in Trades
Chinese American Service League
Coalition of Labor Union Women
Cole Sadkin, LLC
Cook County Commission on Human Rights and Women’s Issues
Cook County Office of the President
Crux Creative
DePaul University Women’s Center
DyMynd LLC
Dominican University Domestic Abuse Stops Here
ERA Illinois
Enterprising and Professional Women – USA
Federally Employed Women – Windy City
Golan Christie Taglia LLP
Healing to Action
Housing Choice Partners
Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees
Illinois Department of Human Rights
Illinois Federation of Business Women’s Clubs

Illinois League of Women Voters

Illinois NOW
Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Women and the Law
Indivisible Illinois
Imani Pearls Community Development Foundation
Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
LULAC of Illinois
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing
Littler Mendelson
Love Speaks
The Momentum Group
Mujeres Latinas en Accion
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
National Council of Jewish Women, Illinois State Policy Advocacy Network
National Employment Lawyers Association, Illinois Chapter
NEIU Women’s and Gender Studies Program
North/Northwest Suburban NOW
Northwestern University School of Law, Women’s Leadership Coalition
Organizing for Action
Illinois Office of the Attorney General
Illinois Office of the Lt. Governor
Planned Parenthood of Illinois
Professional Women’s Club of Chicago
Restaurant Opportunities Center Chicago
Shriver Center
UN Women Chicago Metropolitan Chapter
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Women Employed
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI)
Women’s Business Development Center
Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance
The Wood Law Office, LLC
Working Women History Project
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago



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