Thank you to everyone who supported our campaign on Equal Pay Day 2017, including Sadiq Khan, Caroline Lucas and Maria Miller, along with members of the public.  Equal Pay Day comes around once a year, but the gender pay gap exists every hour of every day. Find out more about what you can do to take action below.

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Despite the Equal Pay Act in 1970, women still earn less than men in Britain today. The current gender pay gap means women effectively stop earning relative to men on a day in November. This day is referred to as Equal Pay Day and varies according to the actual pay gap each year. In 2017, Equal Pay Day was on Friday 10th November - the same day as the year before.

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Take action today

1) Make a #paygappledge

We are asking policymakers, employers, and individuals to make a ‘Pay Gap Pledge’ – a simple action you can take to help close the gender pay gap for good.

Taking part is simple – print off this pledge card, and write your pledge on it. Please feel free to use one of the suggested pledges below, or come up with your own.

Take a picture of yourself holding the card and tweet it using the hashtag #paygappledge. Please be sure to tag us at @fawcettsociety in your post so we can retweet your picture on the day! If you have any questions regarding Equal Pay Day, please get in touch at [email protected].



Suggested pledges for individuals:

  • start a conversation about pay with my colleagues at work.
  • ask my male colleagues what they earn.
  • ask for flexible working
  • ask my employer what the pay gap is in my workplace.

Suggested pledges for employers:

  • publish our gender pay gap with an action plan to tackle it.
  • support dads in our organisation to take time off to care for their children.
  • support women to get to the top of XXX [name of organisation]


Suggested pledges for policymakers:

  • push for enforcement on Gender Pay Gap reporting
  • make the case for better maternity and paternity leave
  • campaign for flexible working
  • challenge ‘boy jobs and girl jobs’
  • campaign for a dedicated period of leave for fathers


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2) Donate to support our work

The gender pay gap is persisting, but so must we. 

We're fighting for women. We're fighting for any woman discriminated against at work for having a child. We're fighting for any woman who cares for others tirelessly, unpaid and unrecognised. We're fighting for any woman who sees the news today and loses belief in her own worth. Will you fight with us?

Donate £10 to support our work fighting the gender pay gap today and take a stand against gender inequality.

3) Read our Equal Pay Day Briefing 

If you would like to read our Equal Pay Day 2017 briefing, which includes updated figures from the ONS on the gender pay gap in Britain and Fawcett's recommendations for employers, Government and individuals on how to close it, please click here. 

The Office for National Statistics has published new data- showing the gender pay gap is not closing. The average for full-time workers stands at 14.1% , a figure that hasn’t changed in the last three years. Read our full briefing here.

What else can I do?

Equal Pay Day comes around once a year, but the gender pay gap exists every hour of every day. Here's what you can do to make a change now:

  • Have a conversation at work about pay and find out what your colleagues earn
  • If your organisation employs over 250 people, ask your employer what they are doing to comply with new gender pay gap reporting rules, which require them to publish their gender pay gap from April 2018
  • Write to your MP and ask them what they and their party are doing to close the gender pay gap

Our Equal Pay Day campaign gets attention from politicians and policymakers across the political parties. Be sure to add your voice this Equal Pay Day.

Nicky Morgan MP”We’ve seen the best employers make ground breaking strides in tackling gender inequality. But the job won’t be complete until we see the talents of women and men recognised equally in every workplace. Nicky MorganConservative MP

Image result for Maria Miller‘I will ensure the Government’s strategy on reducing the gender pay gap properly focuses on those most affected – women aged over 40.’  Maria Miller MP, Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee

Image result for Nicola Sturgeon‘My #PayGapPledge is to do everything I can as Scottish First Minister to advance equal pay & gender equality #EqualPayDay.’ Nicola Sturgeon, Leader of the SNP

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