While everyone was celebrating Cinco de Mayo with margaritas, May 5th, 2021 also marks another important day this year - Mom’s Equal Pay Day. That’s how far into the year the average working mom has to work to earn what dads earned last year alone. TheNational Women's Law Center, an organization that fights for gender justice, reports that among full-time, year-round workers, mothers are typically paid only 75-cents to every dollar paid to fathers.
That pay gap adds up to monthly losses of $1,275 and yearly losses of over $15-thousand. “That means moms had to work more than 16 months to make as much as dads were paid in 12 months,” explainsClaire Ewing-Nelson, who leads the National Women’s Law Center’s research on the motherhood wage gap. This year’s Mom’s Equal Pay Day comes more than a month after Equal Pay Day for women, which is the day that women overall have to work into 2021 to make what white, non-Hispanic men earned in 2020 alone.
According to the National Women’s Law Center, women working full-time, year-round are paid 82-cents, on average, for every dollar paid to men. "Moms are typically paid less than women in general, and dads are typically paid more than men in general, which is why the wage gap is larger for moms than it is for women overall," Ewing-Nelson says. "That has a lot to do with how motherhood is penalized in the workplace in a way that fatherhood really isn’t."
Source:Good Morning America