Well, not really, but the reason why the Fawcett Society have claimed today as Equal Pay Day is that women working full time earn on average 16.4% less than men. This means that women are effectively only being paid up until today while men get paid until 31 December. And these figures are only average. Apparently in some areas, like finance, the differential can be 55%.
But hang on, we have a law to deal with that, don't we? The Equal Pay Act? I mean, that's what Made in Dagenham, the film with sweary words in that Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone wants our 12 year olds to see, shock horror, is all about, isn't it?
So it seems that we have a 40 year old Act of Parliament saying there should be equal pay, but no mechanism to deliver it.
And business will grumble to the Tories that they can't possibly afford to carry out gender pay audits, and of course they shouldn't be put under pressure to pay women more because, like, there's a recession on.
Well, business, it's the law that you do pay your employees equally, and if you have found that 40 years hasn't been long enough for you to get your affairs in order so that you can stick to the law, I have only one thing to say to you. Tough.
Imagine if you paid people of different ethnic origin different rates for the same job? Or people of different religions? Ludicrous? Well so is discrimination on the grounds of gender.
The one bit of less bad news is that in Scotland the gap is slightly smaller, at 12.2%, but that's still not good enough and may actually be because wages are generally lower up here and we have a higher proportion of people in the public sector. However working in the public sector doesn't protect you as we have seen from the arguments over single status around the country. According to Fawcett, women council workers south of the border found out they were missing out on bonuses of up to 160% paid to male colleagues doing work of a similar nature.
I really don't want there to be some great golden jubilee celebration of the Equal Pay Act in 10 years' time, when my daughter hits the workforce, where we are still bemoaning a gender pay gap. It's time to get it sorted once and for all.