While some came to celebrate women’s accomplishments, others embraced the march as an opportunity to raise awareness of work that still needs to be done around gender inequality in the workplace.
Income inequality has been a recurring theme of politicians this election year, and the numbers suggest that it is squarely a women’s issue. Last year, the gender pay gap was wider than the previous year: Compared to men, women earned 81 cents on the dollar in 2015, down from 82.5 cents in 2014, according to a study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Broken down by race, the numbers get even hairier. The median weekly earnings for white women are $743, for black women $615, and Latino women $566.