No, Ivanka Trump, Equal Pay Day Is Not a Rallying Cry
On Tuesday, women and men across America commemorate "Equal Pay Day," which purportedly represents how far into 2017 women must continue working in order to earn what their male counterparts earned last year. But the claim that women experience pay discrimination is tenuous at best — the 79 cents on the dollar statistic applies to all men and all women, not a true side-by-side comparison of pay for equal work — and government is more likely to cause more problems if employed to fix the "gender gap."
Still, people from across the political spectrum promoted Equal Pay Day.
"#EqualPayDay is a reminder that women deserve equal pay for equal work. We must work to close the gender pay gap!" tweeted Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump's daughter.
California Senator Dianne Feinstein declared, "In 1963, women earned $0.59 for every $1 earned by men. In 2017, women earn $0.79 for every $1 earned by men. We must do more."
LeanIn.org even launched a "#20PercentCounts" campaign, partnering with businesses across the country to provide women a 20 percent discount on everyday items. The ride-sharing service Lyft even announced that it would be donating 20 percent of ride proceeds on April 4 to organizations for women.
Women aren't the only ones calling for equal pay. Delaware Senator Chris Coons suggested that Congress should pass equal pay legislation on April 4.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka declared that "#EqualPayDay is not a celebration, it's a reminder of how imbalances in our economy cause real pain. Even more for women of color."
Even the X-Men star Hugh Jackman jumped on board, tweeting, "#20 percent counts Equal pay for women - today and every day. #LeanIn."