From left, first lady Jill Biden and U.S. women’s national soccer team members Margaret Purce and Megan Rapinoe watch President Joe Biden sign a proclamation last week in Washington declaring the day as national Equal Pay Day. It is a symbolic day that illustrates how far into the current year American women would need to work to earn what their male counterparts earned last year. Equal Pay Day was established in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity.