12th April celebrated as ‘Equal Pay Day’. Does that really happen?

New Delhi: Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages.

12th April of every year symbolizes how far a year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

On 12th April 2016 , Facebook announced that they were able to achieve full gender pay equity among their employees.

Lori Matloff Goler, VP of people at Facebook wrote in a post: “We regularly review our compensation practices to ensure pay equity, and have done so for many years. We complete thorough statistical analyses to compare the compensation of men and women performing similar work. I’m proud to share that at Facebook, men and women earn the same.”

But on the contarary in India, equal pay is an issue in almost every field, whether it is ecommerce, Bollywood, sports or music. Men are paid more for the same work, without any real base for this differentiation. This discrimination has been going on for a very long time. In a country where women have proved themselves time and again, in every field the condition is still apathetic.