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About the Authors: Erin George is an Economist at the Women’s Bureau. Gretchen Livingston is a Survey Statistician at the Women’s Bureau. 

March 12 is Equal Pay Day – which represents the date into the year women must work in order to earn the same amount as the average man the previous year. But what does that mean? And what can we say about the gender wage gap today? 

Chart showing the wage gap among different races and ethnicities.
Source: U.S. DOL

Here are five fast facts: 

View the U.S. DOL’s new fact sheet on lost wages due to occupational segregation for Black and Hispanic women.

View the DOL’s Equal Pay webpage.

This blog originally appeared on the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s blog on March 12, 2024.

Learn about workers’ rights to fair wages at Workplace Fairness.

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