In 2012, Equal Pay Day fell on Tuesday, April 17.
It's commonly known that women on average earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn. For African American women, that figure is only 63 cents. Latinas earn even less - just 53 cents for every dollar.
Equal Pay Day was established in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE). It serves as a public awareness event to show how the gap between men's and women's wages requires women to work longer to earn the same amount as men.