by Megan Beyer
Not quite as punctual as the legendary Swiss trains, Equal Pay Day in Switzerland still arrives a lot earlier than in the US: a full month earlier. Women in Switzerland did not get the right to vote until 1972, but Equal Pay Day in Switzerland took place March 7. Here in America, it is observed April 8.
Equal Pay Day marks how long a woman needs to work to make what men made the previous year. It shows the pocketbook effect of the gender pay gap.
How did the Swiss make so much progress in so little time? As soon as laws on the books required equal pay for equal work, they got to work. Anyone who owns a Swiss watch or who has taken a Swiss train, knows that the Swiss are exacting engineers. When their laws (like our Equal Pay Act of 1963) mandated equal pay for equal work, the government announced it would only do business with companies that complied with the law.Read More »