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Native Women’s Equal Pay Day

Honor Native Women's Equal Pay Day with a commitment to fight for equal pay and recognition of the important contributions made by Indigenous women.
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November 30 marks an important day for the advocacy of Native American women, as it is Native Women's Equal Pay Day. This special holiday serves as a reminder that despite many advances towards gender equality in the workplace, Native American women still experience wage disparities and other forms of discrimination. The event was first created to raise awareness about the issue and to encourage conversations about how we can ensure equal pay and better working conditions for all women. Let's come together to celebrate this day by supporting Native American women and advocating for stronger policies against workplace discrimination!

History of Native Women’s Equal Pay Day

Native Women’s Equal Pay Day Dates

Native Women’s Equal Pay Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1963</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Equal Pay Act</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Equal Pay Act is signed into law in the United States, aiming to abolish wage disparities based on sex, but Native Women continue to be underpaid.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1974</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Tribal Employment Rights</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances (TERO) are established to ensure employment rights within reservations and to address the discrimination faced by the indigenous community.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1996</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Nations Women Leadership</div><div class='timeline-text'>Creation of First Nations Women's Alliance to provide leadership in domestic violence and sexual assault issues by empowering Native American women through the development of personal, political, and economic strategies for success.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Native Women's Wage Gap Study</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Women's Law Center publishes a study highlighting the alarming wage gap faced by the Native American women, sparking widespread discussions.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2017</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Native Women's Equal Pay Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first Native Women's Equal Pay Day is officially recognized, marking the date until which Native American women must work each year, in addition to the previous year, to earn the same amount as their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts earned the previous year alone.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Native Women’s Equal Pay Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to Native Women's Organizations</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find organizations such as The Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center or The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and donate money, time, or goods in order to help them fight for equal pay.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate Yourself</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Read up on the current state of Native Women's pay gap. Learn about the organizations that are doing their best to close it. This knowledge will help you understand the importance of Native Women's Equal Pay Day and why it is something that should be celebrated.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share Native Women's Stories</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share stories of Native Women who have accomplished great things despite the gender pay gap. Celebrate their successes and let others know that Native Women are capable of achieving anything they put their minds to.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a Fundraiser</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Host a fundraiser to raise money for organizations that are working towards closing the gender pay gap. Invite friends, family, and colleagues and make sure to educate them on why this cause is important.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Speak Out</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Speak out about Native Women's Equal Pay Day in your community. Make sure that people understand the importance of this day and what it stands for. Make sure everyone knows that Native Women deserve equal pay.</p></div></div>

Why Native Women’s Equal Pay Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It highlights the wage gap</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Native Women’s Equal Pay Day serves to raise awareness of the significant wage gap experienced by Native American women. Native American women earn, on average, 57 cents for every dollar earned by a White man and about 85 percent of what other American women make. This pay gap cannot be allowed to continue.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It honors indigenous communities</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Celebrating Native Women’s Equal Pay Day is a way to recognize the contributions of Indigenous peoples in modern society. It acknowledges their unique history, culture, and struggles and upholds the values of respect for diversity, fair treatment, and equitable access to opportunity for all people.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It leads to tangible policy changes</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Highlighting Native Women's Equal Pay Day can start important conversations and push policymakers to take action. By creating policies such as equal pay legislation, childcare subsidies, and better enforcement of labor laws that help address the wage gap can make meaningful change in the lives of Indigenous peoples.</p></div></div>

5 Shocking Facts for Native Women's Pay

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Native Women Face the Second-Largest, Race-Based Gender Wage Gap in the US</h3><p class='facts-content'>Native American women make only 60 cents for every dollar that a white, non-Hispanic male makes, indicating one of the largest wage gaps compared to other races.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>It Takes More Than 21 Months for Native Women's Salaries to Catch Up</h3><p class='facts-content'>Native Women's Equal Pay Day falls on November 30 because it takes that long for a Native woman to earn what a non-Hispanic white man would have earned the previous calendar year alone.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Certain States Have Larger Wage Gaps for Native Women</h3><p class='facts-content'>The wage gap is significantly larger in some states like California, Alaska, and New Jersey where Native women make less than half of what a non-Hispanic white male makes.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Many Native Women Are in Low-Paying Jobs</h3><p class='facts-content'>A significant number of Native women are working in the lowest-paying fields like service and healthcare support occupations, which can further contribute to the wage gap.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Higher Education Does Not Eliminate the Wage Gap</h3><p class='facts-content'>Native women with bachelor's degrees typically make about 37% less than white, non-Hispanic men with the same level of education, illustrating that the wage gap persists even with higher levels of education.</p></div></div>

Native Women’s Equal Pay Day FAQs

When is Native Women’s Equal Pay Day?

Native Women's Equal Pay Day is celebrated on November 30th every year. In 2024, it falls on a Saturday.

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