Today, the Progressive Women’s Caucus took part in activities throughout Lansing to recognize Equal Pay Day 2018. Equal Pay Day annually recognizes the symbolic day when a typical woman must work to make what a typical man made by the end of 2017. As of April 10, 2018, women on average make $.80 for every $1 a man makes. This statistic is worse for African-American women ($.63), Native-American women ($.57), Latinas ($.54), and mothers compared to fathers ($.71). Without any change to Michigan’s laws to require pay parity, the gender wage gap is not projected to close until 2084, placing Michigan among the top ten states with the longest span of time to achieve equal pay.