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  3. March 31, 2019

Humor: Gender Pay Gap Closes Day Before Equal Pay Day

We haven't been this excited since the release of RBG's workout routine

Humor: Gender Pay Gap Closes Day Before Equal Pay Day

In a surprising turn of events, on March 30, just one day before Equal Pay Day, the gender pay gap closed in the United States, an event not expected to occur across all 50 states for more than 100 years.

“Our business model was originally built on paying women at least 20 percent less than their male counterparts well into the 22nd century,” said Sean VanIsm, owner of a Wyoming oil company. “But when I woke up on March 30, I thought to myself,‘There’s no better day than today to offer those little ladies a seat at the table.’”

The gap is said to have affected women of all industries and ethnicities. On average, women were paid 80 cents to every man’s dollar —a number that, when broken down by race, was even lower for most women of color. In total, women were said to have lost more than $500 billion in the U.S. every year.

But on Monday, when employers like VanIsm realized how very shitty that is, they decided to, as CEO Juan Percent put it, “splurge.” “I don’t think 20 cents less is that much really,” Percent said. “But I’ll give the girls their gumball.”

Experts tracking the gap said it closed around 7:30 a.m. Eastern, just as many women were packing lunches for their hard-working husbands. “I’m really happy to hear the gap has closed for good,” said Hattie Tall while waiting in her kids’ carpool line. “Now all I have to worry about is balancing my full-time job with the unpaid work I do outside the office.”

When told this was all simply an early April Fool’s joke, Tall was not surprised given, well, America, and she asked if InHerSight could give her more information on how the equal pay affects her.

Lucky for Tall, and for you, InHerSight covers equal pay all. the. time. Click those related articles to learn more.

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Beth Castle is on staff at InHerSight, where she writes about workplace rights, diversity and inclusion, allyship, and feminism. Her bylines include Fast Company, Charlotte magazine, The Charlotte Observer, SouthPark magazine, Southbound magazine, and Atlanta magazine. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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