Equal Pay Day

Each November, we hold an Equal Pay campaign to raise awareness of the gender pay gap and raise money to support more women back to work


In 2016, a report completed by a research team  University of Limerick led by Dr Christine Cross found that the pay gap in Ireland stood at 20%, with women earning on average €12,000 less than men.

This is the difference in the average gross hourly wage between men and women across the economy.

The current gender pay gap means women in Ireland effectively stop earning for the year – relative to men – during the month of November.  Another way of looking at this is that women work for free for about the last seven weeks of each year.

Overall, women can expect to earn significantly less than men over their entire careers.  This is because women tend to take on more caring responsibilities and be clustered in lower-skilled and lower-paid work.  It’s also because of the glass ceiling that stops so many women advancing into management roles and, sometimes, it’s down to discrimination.

The exact date of Equal Pay Day varies according to the pay gap in any given country and in any given year.  Based on the current pay gap in Ireland, we marked Equal Pay Day on 7th November 2016.

We will continue our Equal Pay campaign in 2017, and will be announcing details of this year’s campaign shortly.


The objectives of our Equal Pay campaign are:

  • To raise public and political awareness of the gender pay gap and advocate for change on this issue.

  • To raise public and political awareness of our work.

  • To secure support from employers, including commitments that they will tackle this issue in their own workplaces.

  • To raise funds to support our work in helping women to enter or re-enter the workforce.

Please contact a member of staff to find out how you can Join our Campaign: Take Action to Achieve Equal Pay!


About our 2016 Equal Pay Campaign

Our founder, Sonya Lennon, launched our first Equal Pay campaign in November 2016.

Key elements of the campaign included:

  • A launch event on 7th November.

  • A political briefing at Leinster House (hosted by Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee).

  • A fundraising Disco Brunch at Medley Café Bistro on Fleet Street, with special guest DJs Nialler9 and Today FM’s Kate Brennan Harding.

  • Media relations and online communications campaigns.