In partnership with the Equal Pay Coalition, the SEIU Healthcare Women's Committee championed Equal Pay Day, the first of which officially took place at Queen’s Park on April 16, 2014.
Equal Pay Day is calculated each year to mark the extra time it takes a woman to earn as much as a man. For example, it took women, on average, until April 16, 2014 to make the same 2013 wages as a man did in the 2013 calendar year.
Equal Pay Day was April 9th in 2013.
The healthcare and social assistance sectors continue to have the highest numbers of working women (82%).
The lowest-paid positions in healthcare, such as in homecare and long-term care, are female-dominated, and have the largest gender wage gap of all occupational categories.
SEIU Healthcare has fought for pay equity for decades. Our work is clearly not finished, but the official declaration of Equal Pay Day is a good first step.