There’s More Fiction Than Fact to Equal Pay Day

April 14, 2015

Batgirl is back. At least for today, a day dubbed Equal Pay Day, a fictitious holiday that supposedly marks how far into 2015 women must work to earn what men did in 2014. Using an old PSA, the Department of Labor created an “Equal Pay for Equal Work” video featuring Batgirl complaining to Batman, who with Robin is precariously tied up in a rope, “I’ve worked for you a long time and I’m paid less than Robin. Same job, same employer means equal pay for men and women.”

Additionally, the DOL website includes a link, “White House Facts About Equal Pay,” to a White House webpage, which begins with, “On average, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.”

Someone needs to come to the rescue and set the record straight on Equal Pay Day. Everything else being equal, women in America don’t get paid 23 percent less just because they are women.