April 4th is Equal Pay Day! This is the symbolic point in the year when a woman's pay catches up to a man's pay from the previous year.
According to the Census Bureau, a woman in the U.S. makes 79 cents for every $1 a man makes. And the statistics are even worse for minority women. Black women make 37% less and Hispanic women make 46% less than their male counterparts.
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook and founder of LeanIn.org, is calling attention to the pay gap with a national retail campaign that will offer discounts to women. Look for #20PercentCounts on social media.
The Business and Professional Women of St. Petersburg-Pinellas hold an event each year to raise awareness about this issue. It's called the Unhappy Hour. Here's more information on the event.