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Red shirts a mark of solidarity for Equal Pay Day

Napkins from The Works Bakery Cafe highlight wage disparities between women and men (WGME).

PORTLAND (WGME) — You may have seen women wearing red today in honor of Equal Pay Day, with the shirts symbolizing how far "in the red" women and minorities’ pay is when compared to men.

According to the American Association of University Women, men make 20 cents more on average nationally.

Efforts across the country today to highlight this disparity shed light on the gender wage-gap issue.

In Portland, The Works Bakery Cafe marked Equal Pay Day with coffee sleeves and napkins designed to bring attention to the matter and calling for solutions, including paid leave.

Employees at the cafe said they hope printing information on the sleeves and napkins will help in the movement to close the wage gap.

In related news, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that using a workers’ past pay in establishing pay for more recent jobs is discriminatory.

Equal Pay Day was created in 1996 by the National Committee on Equal Pay. According to their website, the event is held on a Tuesday, in part, to “represent how far into the next work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week.”

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