© National Committee
on Pay Equity
Equal Pay Day


Sample Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019 thousands of women from across the United States will join in a national day of action against unfair pay called Equal Pay Day. April is symbolic of the point into the new year that a woman must work in order to earn the wages paid to a man in the previous year. On a national level, women are paid only 80 cents for every dollar a man is paid, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. So, because women earn less, we must work longer for the same pay.

At a time when America's economy is facing a downturn, every penny counts! Economist Evelyn Murphy, president and founder of The WAGE Project, estimates that the wage gap costs the average American full-time woman worker between $700,000 and $2 million over the course of her lifetime. As a working woman, I am extremely concerned about pay inequity not only for myself, but for my family.

Fair pay takes real change! And we can make a difference. Here in (name of your City/County) we will join hundreds of other organizations across the nation to educate women and men about pay inequity and to offer solutions to wage discrimination. In (insert name of City/County), we will be accepting a Proclamation from the (insert name of City Council/Commission/County Commission, etc), acknowledging Tuesday, April 2, 2019 as Equal Pay Day in (insert name of City/County). The proclamation will further encourage the business community to review their pay practices to ensure that women are not discriminated against in (insert name of City/County), by performing an Equal Pay Self-Audit provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau.


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NOTE: This is a sample letter. Please feel free to edit. Your personal stories are the most powerful.