If you've been anywhere near social media in the last few hours, you'll be well aware that today is Equal Pay Day.

And while the hashtag is circulating far and wide, not everyone is fully aware as to why November 10 was chosen to mark this day.

Put simply, if you shave 14 per cent  – the current gender pay gap in Ireland – off the entire year, you land on November 10, which marks the day when women essentially stop being paid for their work.

According to the Fawcett Society, women in their twenties can expect to be paid 5.5 per cent less than men while women in their fifties experience an i8.6 per cent disparity.

Twitter has been having its say on the issue all morning, and it's fair to say the matter is a divisive one.