It’s April 4. It’s Equal Pay Day. At Digital Agency, we stand for equal pay.

In the U.S., women earn about 76 cents per dollar earned by men on average, but the causes of the gender pay gap are a bit more complicated. We are committed to doing our part to close the gender pay gap.

Pay equality is an important issue for all of us, and by taking the pay equality pledge, we are formally telling our employees, candidates and the world that we are committed to equitable pay practices. The more companies stand up for equal pay, the closer we get to closing the pay gap and making salary equity a reality for all.

How It Started

Beginning in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity, this day highlights the wage gap.

equal-payThe wage gap impacts women across their careers as women working full-time across a calendar year will lose upwards of $10,000 compared to their male counterparts. At 1SEO, we aim to provide our employees with a wage that they deserve, regardless of gender.

Our country is stronger thanks to the strides made by women in the workforce. The goal is for every woman to be able to support herself and her family just like every man. We know that every working person juggles more responsibilities than sometimes they can bear. There’s still a long way to go to shrink that gap, but at 1SEO, we’ve already broken the gap with our Equal Pay Pledge.

Progress Has Stalled

In 2014, then President Obama signed two executive orders aimed at narrowing the gender wage gap, but Congress has since not engaged on the issue. At the end of March, President Trump pulled back the protections the previous administration has made for women workers.

Amongst higher paying jobs, we see a larger gap, and the gap among African American and Hispanic workers is much larger. Data from a 2016 study illustrates that while white, non-Hispanic women make 83 centers for every dollar, Black women make 66 cents, and Hispanic women make 60 cents.

1SEO Stands Together on Equality

Today, on Equal Pay Day, April 4, we stand strong in our efforts to stand for equal pay. Join us in this important conversation as we move one step forward and a step closer to shrinking the gender wage gap. Get involved in the conversation on Twitter, and share that you #StandForEqualPay alongside us.