As most of you know I’m on the steering committee for the Nevada Women’s Lobby. So here’s the scoop from our press release (written by yours truly):
NWL goes to the Legislature for Equal Pay Day
Nevada Women’s Lobby and AAUW ask
Legislature for fair “Pay Day” for women
CARSON CITY, Nev. – Our current economic downturn is no excuse to short-change women. It’s time women got their equal “pay day” for equal work.
The Nevada Women’s Lobby – along with AAUW, Nevada NOW and League of Women Voters – will be at the Nevada Legislature on April 28 for Equal Pay Day, a national campaign to highlight the continued pay inequity between men and women.
This year members of NWL – in red because women are “in the red” compared to men – will be giving all 63 legislators a PayDay candy bar with a coupon for “22% off all goods and services for any female bearer.”
To commemorate the day a resolution will be presented to the Assembly and Senate at 11 a.m. on April 28.
According to a new wage gap study released by AAUW, Nevada has the 10th narrowest earnings gap between female and male full-time, year-round workers with a college education and who are 25 years or older. This sounds promising until you find that the wage gap in Nevada still finds women earning 75 percent of what her male colleagues would make.
Since the federal Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963 women have made slow progress toward pay equity with men. In 1963 women earned 59 cents for every dollar a man earned. Today it’s 78 cents. When you factor in inflation, it’s a gain of less than half a penny in 45 years, according to the National Organization for Women.
Equal Pay Day was established by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996. The campaign serves to raise public awareness of pay inequity between men and women. The day in April symbolizes how far into the year a woman must work to catch-up to a man’s annual salary for the previous year. For more information on Equal Pay Day go to www.pay-equity.org/day.html.
AAUW is a national organization that works to promote equity for women in education. For more information visit http://www.aauw.org.
Founded in 1989, the Nevada Women’s Lobby was created to promote equity for women and children. The statewide 501(c)4 organization specifically works on issues related to health care, education and reproductive choice, among others. For more information about the Lobby go to www.nevadawomenslobby.org.
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