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Opinion: Women need a ‘Ledbetter moment’ for equal pay
President Obama applauds Lilly Ledbetter before signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law in January 2009.
April 17th, 2012
11:40 AM ET

Opinion: Women need a ‘Ledbetter moment’ for equal pay

Editor’s note: Linda Hallman is executive director and CEO of the American Association of University Women.

By Linda Hallman, Special to CNN

(CNN) – Today is Equal Pay Day - the symbolic date marking how long women must work, starting from January 1, 2011, to make what men earned in 2011 alone – although it would be better marked where it should be, December 31.

A lot needs to happen to chip away at the extra four months it takes for women’s wages to equal what a man makes in one year, and of course, a change in date assumes a change in data. But the latest numbers show that in 2010, women working full-time in the United States made just 77%, on average, of what men made, a gap of 23% that only widens for women of color.

For now, the numbers will keep Equal Pay Day in April and, sadly, not everyone cares.

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