Ask Your Elected Officials to Proclaim Equal Pay Day with this Proclamation Template

You can encourage your governor, city council, and/or mayor to proclaim Equal Pay Day in your state and community using one of these sample proclamations. Equal Pay Day (typically held at the beginning of April) marks the symbolic day when women’s earnings catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year.

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Equal Pay Day

You can also ask your elected officials to issue a proclamation for other Equal Pay Days that demonstrate the various dimensions of the pay gap for women of different backgrounds:

Moms’ Equal Pay Day Black women’s Equal Pay Day Latinas’ Equal Pay Day

A Sample Equal Pay Day Proclamation (see buttons above to personalize your own proclamation)

WHEREAS, more than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women, especially minority women, continue to suffer the consequences of unequal pay; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, women working full time, year round in [insert year] typically earned [insert most recent statistic] percent of what men earned, indicating little change or progress in pay equity; and

WHEREAS, according to Graduating to a Pay Gap, a 2012 research report by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the gender pay gap is evident one year after college graduation, even after controlling for factors known to affect earnings, such as occupation, hours worked, and college major; and

WHEREAS, in 2009 the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law, which gives back to employees their day in court to challenge a pay gap, and now we must pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would amend the Equal Pay Act by closing loopholes and improving the law’s effectiveness; and

WHEREAS, according to one estimate, college-educated women working full time earn more than a half million dollars less than their male peers do over the course of a lifetime; and

WHEREAS, nearly four in 10 mothers are primary breadwinners in their households, and nearly two-thirds are primary or significant earners, making pay equity critical to families’ economic security; and

WHEREAS, a lifetime of lower pay means women have less income to save for retirement and less income counted in a Social Security or pension benefit formula; and

WHEREAS, [insert state/local report here, like AAUW’s state roadmaps or report from your state’s Commission on the Status of Women]; and

WHEREAS, fair pay equity policies can be implemented simply and without undue costs or hardship in both the public and private sectors; and

WHEREAS, fair pay strengthens the security of families today and eases future retirement costs while enhancing the American economy; and

WHEREAS, Tuesday, April [insert date], symbolizes the time in [insert year] when the wages paid to American women catch up to the wages paid to men from the previous year,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, [insert name of public official], do hereby proclaim Tuesday, April [insert date], [insert year]:


[Insert name of city/county/state] urges the citizens of [insert name of city/county/state] to recognize the full value of women’s skills and significant contributions to the labor force and further encourages businesses to conduct an internal pay evaluation to ensure women are being paid fairly.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the official seal of [insert name of city/county/state] to be affixed.



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