When #EqualPayDay started trending on Twitter this Tuesday, people discussed the various ways to combat it. In case you don’t know what the fuss is all about, Equal Pay Day (April 4) promotes awareness about wage discrimination against women. On Monday, The Pew Research Center reported that the gap between men and women’s wages is narrowing but still notable. According to the report, in 2015, women who were working full or part time earned only 83 percent as compared to what men were earning. Hence, it would take women an extra 44 days of work to earn the same.
When first Daughter Ivanka Trump decided to tweet in support of Equal Pay Day urging Americans to work together to “close the gender pay gap,” all hell broke loose.
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“#EqualPayDay is a reminder that women deserve equal pay for equal work. We must work to close the gender pay gap!” Ivanka tweeted.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 4, 2017
Equal Pay Day started back in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to address the problem people tend to ignore: the massive pay gap between men and women’s wage differences.
Just recently Trump signed an executive order that repealed President Obama’s Executive Order 13673, or the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” order. Obama’s 2014 order sought to force federal contractors to comply with labor and civil rights laws. Roughly one week after Mr. President undid the Obama-era protections for employees of companies, Ivanka tweeted about Equal Pay Day. Twitter is confused, is the first daughter unaware of her father’s craziness?