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Volunteers demand a #FairFutureNow on Equal Pay Day

On April 8th, volunteers hosted events across the country to recognize Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the new year women must work to match what men earned in the previous year.

Today, women are the main breadwinner in a record-high 40% of households with children. They are nearly half of the American workforce and more than half of college graduates. But women who work full-time still, on average, make just 77 cents for every dollar that men earn—and the pay gap is even greater for women of color.

No matter how you slice it, a pay gap remains. A hardworking woman with a college degree could earn hundreds of thousands of dollars less than her male counterparts over a lifetime.

On Equal Pay Day, OFA volunteers across the country helped shine a spotlight on this problem. Here’s a look at a few of the events:

New York City, New York—More than 30 volunteers gathered in Washington Square Park, where Beverly Neufeld, Director of the Equal Pay Coalition New York displayed the Equal Pay Day Proclamation signed by NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio.

Chicago, Illinois—OFA co-sponsored a rally attended by volunteers at the Daley Center. Governor Pat Quinn, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and many others spoke at the event.

Tampa Bay, Florida—Volunteers met in front of Senator Bill Nelson’s Tampa office and delivered a cake that was only 77% complete, representing that women who work full-time only make 77 cents for each dollar a man earns.

St Paul, Minnesota—Twin Cities’ volunteers hosted a press conference at the Minnesota Women's Building. Speakers issued a call to action for attendees to contact their state legislators. Erin Parish, Executive Director of the Minnesota Women's Consortium, closed out the event stating, “Leave women out and you don't have a fair and robust economy. Bring them in and you do."

See more tweets and photos in the slideshow below:

It's time to stand with women everywhere by fighting for the right to equal pay for equal work. Add your name to Stand with Women.

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