Equal Pay Day 2009 – Raising Awareness for the Importance of Equal Pay

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http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Proclamation-Equal-Pay-Day/, 4/28/09:

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary
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For Immediate Release          April 28, 2009

NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY, 2009
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

Harriet Beecher Stowe helped galvanize the abolitionist movement with her groundbreaking literature. Frances Perkins advised President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and led the Department of Labor during one of its most challenging periods in history. Barbara McClintock helped unlock the mysteries of genetics and earned a Nobel Prize. These and countless other women have broken barriers and changed the course of our history, allowing women and men who followed them the opportunity to reach greater heights.

Despite these achievements, 46 years since the passage of the Equal Pay Act and 233 years since our Nation was established with the principle of equal justice under law, women across America continue to experience discrimination in the form of pay inequity every day. Women in the United States earn only 78 cents for every dollar a man earns, and today marks the inauspicious occasion when a woman’s earnings finally catch up with a man’s from the previous year. On National Equal Pay Day, we underscore the importance of this issue to all Americans.

If we wish to honor our Nation’s highest ideals, we must end wage discrimination. The Founders established a timeless framework of rights for the American people. Generation after generation has worked and sacrificed so that this framework might be applied equally to all Americans. To honor these Americans and stay true to our founding ideals, we must carry forward this tradition and breathe life into these principles by supporting equal pay for men and women.

Wage discrimination has a tangible and negative impact on women and families. When women receive less than their deserved compensation, they take home less for themselves and their loved ones. Utilities and groceries are more difficult to afford. Mortgages and rent bills are harder to pay. Children’s higher education is less financially feasible. In later years of life, the retirement that many women have worked so hard for—and have earned—is not possible. This problem is particularly dire for women who are single and the sole supporters of their families. Women should not and need not endure these consequences.

My Administration is working to advance pay equity in the United States. The first bill I signed into law as President, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, allows more women to challenge pay discrimination by extending the timeline within which complaints can be filed. This law advances the struggle

for equal pay, but it is only an initial step. To continue this progress, I issued an Executive Order establishing the White House Council on Women and Girls. This high-level body, composed of Cabinet members and heads of sub-Cabinet agencies, is charged with advancing the rights and needs of women, including equal pay.

Still, Government can only advance this issue so far. The collective action of businesses, community organizations, and individuals is necessary to ensure that every woman receives just treatment and compensation. We Americans must come together to ensure equal pay for both women and men by reminding ourselves of the basic principles that underlie our Nation’s strength and unity, understanding the unnecessary sacrifices that pay inequity causes, and recalling the countless women leaders who have proven what women can achieve.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 28, 2009, as National Equal Pay Day. I call upon American men and women, and all employers, to acknowledge the injustice of wage discrimination and to commit themselves to equal pay for equal work.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

BARACK OBAMA

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From http://speaker.house.gov/newsroom/pressreleases?id=1127, 5/5/09:

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04/28/2009
 

Pelosi Statement on Equal Pay Day

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today on Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year:

“On Equal Pay Day, we recognize the point in the year it takes a woman to make the same amount of money made by a man in the previous year.  As families grapple with an uncertain economy, equal pay for equal work is about daily survival for millions. 

“This Congress has already taken action to strengthen economic security for women.  We passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help ensure gender equity in pay, and I was proud to join President Obama as he signed it into law.   

“The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act also invests in the economic strength of women.  It includes a number of key provisions that are essential for women and children – such as significant tax cuts for working women, major investments in health care, child care and early education, creation of hundreds of thousands of green jobs where women have new opportunities, support for small business owners, and crucial new investments to prevent teacher layoffs and other education cuts in states across the country.  In addition, the Joint Economic Committee held a hearing this morning on the GAO’s newly released report examining the gender pay gap in the federal government. 

“When a woman is not paid fairly, her entire family suffers.  And when a woman is not paid fairly, it does not afford women the respect and equality that they deserve in a country that promises to strive for equal opportunity.  The New Direction Congress will continue to put women and children first.” 


From http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dnc-chairman-tim-kaine-celebrates-equal-pay-day-62012522.html, 10/8/09:

DNC Chairman Tim Kaine Celebrates Equal Pay Day

 

WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine issued the following statement in recognition of Equal Pay Day:

"Today we highlight the important struggle of American women to earn equal pay for equal work. Women first entered the work force en masse during World War II and now comprise almost half of all American workers. They are lawyers and retailers and entrepreneurs – and women are projected to account for 49% of the increase in total labor force growth between 2006 and 2016. Despite this remarkable progress, a woman still earns only 78 cents for every dollar a man earns; a disparity that hurts not only women, but all American families.

"As we work to turn the page on the current economic crisis, it’s more important then ever that our economy works for everyone and protections are in place to prevent pay discrimination. That’s why President Obama and the Democratic Congress have made equal pay a top priority. The first bill President Obama signed, just a week after taking office, was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a law that makes it illegal for men and women to be paid differently for the same job.

"While we have come a long way on this important issue, we realize there is still more progress to be made. So today we will celebrate the contributions women have made to the American workforce and pledge our continued support as we work to close the pay gap."

SOURCE Democratic National Committee


From http://dodd.senate.gov/?q=node/4944/print, 4/28/09:

Equal Pay Day Marked by Progress & Need for Further Action to Close Wage Gap

April 28, 2009

U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn. -3) issued the following statement on Equal Pay Day, which falls on the number of additional days into 2009 that women have to work before earning what men earned in 2008. 

In January, President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, an important step that restores the original intent of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The Act overturned the Supreme Court’s misguided decision in the case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber by clarifying that each paycheck resulting from a discriminatory pay decision would constitute a new violation of the law. However, legislation passed by the House at the same time as the Ledbetter bill, the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 12), has not yet been considered by the Senate. This legislation would strengthen the Equal Pay Act – closing loopholes that have allowed employers to avoid responsibility for discriminatory pay.   

“Equal Pay Day this year offers an opportunity to mark the progress we have made in our efforts to close the wage gap between men and women. The first piece of legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama took direct aim at gender discrimination.  By enacting the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, we ensured that Americans would not lose their right to fight pay discrimination.  It is a victory for women and families across the country – especially as families find it more and more difficult to make ends meet in this economy.  

“As we celebrate this achievement, however, we cannot rest on our laurels.  We must renew our commitment to eliminating systemic gender discrimination once and for all.  When the House passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, it also passed the Paycheck Fairness Act again.  We are committed to moving this bill through the Senate.  

“Today, under the Equal Pay Act, employers have succeeded in blaming pay discrimination on market forces and prior salaries, even if those original factors have proven just as discriminatory.  Moreover, remedies under the Equal Pay Act are limited to just twice a plaintiff’s salary. As a result, damages are rarely high enough to act as a deterrent to employers or allow victims to pursue justice. 

“We must begin by giving teeth to current law, close numerous loopholes in the 45-year old law and strengthen penalties for employers who discriminate based on gender. 

“We must also protect employees from retaliation for sharing salary information with their co-workers. And we should create initiatives to provide negotiation skills training programs for girls and women.  Just because gender-based pay discrimination is illegal does not mean it is no longer a significant problem. 

“We must pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and send it President Obama for his signature.” 

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From http://harkin.senate.gov/pr/p.cfm?i=312066, 5/509:

 

News

April 28, 2009

Harkin Continues Fights For Pay Equity; Reintroduces Fair Pay Act

Washington, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today introduced the Fair Pay Act of 2009 to address the wage gap for jobs of equal value among men and women. This legislation would address the historic pattern of undervaluing and underpaying so-called "women’s" jobs, by calling for similar wages for similar working conditions regardless of gender.

“In this day in age, there is no such thing as ‘women’s work’ or ‘men’s work,” said Harkin.  “In nearly 10 million American households, the mother is the only breadwinner.  These families have the same struggles to pay the rent or make mortgage payments, buy the groceries, cover the medical bills and save for a child’s education.  In these tough economic times, we need to simply make sure an honest day’s work is rewarded.  We must end wage discrimination and on Equal Pay Day, we can start by closing the pay gap and simply paying women fairly.”

More than 40 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women’s wages still lag behind their male counterparts’ wages – women make only 78 cents for every dollar that a man makes. The average woman loses an estimated $700,000 over her lifetime due to unequal pay practices.  These wages are more disproportionate for minority women.  The average African-American woman earns 69 cents for every dollar that a white male earns and Latino women receive only 59 cents per dollar earned by white men.

The Fair Pay Act of 2009 would:
• Amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to prohibit discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, race or national origin.
• Require employers to provide equal pay for jobs that are comparable in skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions.
• Apply to each company individually and prohibit companies from reducing other employees’ wages to achieve pay equity. 
• Require public disclosure of employer job categories and their pay scales, without requiring specific information on individual employees.
• Allow payment of different wages under a seniority system, merit system, or system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of production.
• Allow employees who allege discrimination in wage-setting based on sex, race or national origin to either file a complaint with the EEOC or go to court.
Right now, women who suspect pay discrimination must file a lawsuit and go into a drawn out legal discovery process to find out whether they make less than the man beside them. With pay statistics readily available, this expensive process could be avoided. The number of lawsuits would surely go down if employees could see up front that they were being treated fairly.

“I once asked Lilly Ledbetter at a hearing if this bill had been law, would it have prevented her wage discrimination case?  Would she have had the information about pay scales and known she was being discriminated against?  She said that it would,” continued Harkin.  “Lily Ledbetter helped us to end pay discrimination, I hope she can now inspire us to close the wage gap.”

The following Senators co-sponsored the Fair Pay Act of 2009: Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), John Kerry (D-MA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Jeff Merkely (D-OR).


From http://www.nwlc.org/fairpay/statefacts.htm, 4/28/09: Go here to see your state wage gap standing.

ln the United States, women are paid only 78¢ on average for every dollar paid to men.

More than 45 years ago, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, making it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work. The following year, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted, making it illegal to discriminate, including in compensation, on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, and national origin. At the time of the Equal Pay Act’s passage in 1963, women were paid merely 59 cents to every dollar earned by men. Although enforcement of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII has helped to narrow the wage gap, significant disparities remain and must be addressed. 

From: http://suntalker.blogspot.com/2009/03/equal-pay-day-successes-more-action.html, 3/13/09:

We’ve had a major success on pay equity already this year with the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — but the fight for equal pay isn’t over! Women still earn only 78 cents for every dollar earned by men. For women of color, the numbers are even worse! A bill before the Senate, the Paycheck Fairness Act, would help to deter wage discrimination against women. Please urge your Senators to support this bill, and find out more about equal pay for women.
AAUW is calling on supporters to blog and tweet about the importance of equal pay for women on April 28, Equal Pay Day.

From: http://www.stilettobusinessonline.com/2009/03/my-dollar-looks-smaller.html, 3/18/09:

My dollar looks smaller…

Posted by Susan Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 9:52 AM

From the Marie Claire Business Blog:

Salary Report: Women Are Still Getting Shortchanged

March 14, 2009 5:08 PM
We’re Still Getting Shortchanged

In honor of Equal Pay Day (April 28), a look at how women are stacking up, salarywise:

  • For every dollar a man makes, a woman makes 78 cents. That number has climbed 1 cent since 2006.
  • Fresh-out-of-college women make $15,498 less per year than the boys; over a 35-year career, they’ll make $210,000 less.
  • A 25-year-old female PR specialist makes the same as her male colleagues; 20 years later, she’ll make about $35,000 less.
  • She-EOs make $303,000 less than their male counterparts.
  • Male primary-care physicians make 22 percent more than lady docs.
  • Male IT workers make 11.9 percent more than geekettes.
  • According to the American Association of University Women, at the current rate, we’ll reach pay equity in 2040.
I personally am not surprised. It is sad really. By 2040, we might reach a level of equal pay for equal work. Really?

I was equally disheartened when in researching one of MBA papers, I found out that women with MBAs and other advanced degrees are more likely to not be using them once they have children. Why? Mainly because business has not achieved what my friends in HR term "work/life balance."

I have first hand proof. When I look around the park, while my kiddos are playing, I see this. Two women have masters degrees, there are two doctors and two lawyers. All who have taken time off to raise their children, in part because they want to and can afford to and in part because working 60 hours a week and being a mom is really difficult. Late night client meetings and kids, do not mix. American Business does not make it easy to raise a family. They like to say they do, but for us working moms, we know there are people taking notes and promotions we miss and frankly we know that we are torn in so many directions. Most career moms I know, show up and work hard and do a good job and yet, there is so much pressure to do more and that often comes at the expense of the children.

Moving back to the stats which are startling, there are long term and systemic side effects to the pay inequity. First and foremost it is patently unfair. Equal work, same positions, same job titles, deserve equal pay. It is the 21st century. Business needs to get over itself and just acknowledge that women deserve equal pay.

Furthermore, the disadvantages to unequal pay affect everyone. When women earn less, then they can save less for retirement, both in terms of social security, medicare and their retirement plans. This has long term social effects. Women live longer than men. They need those dollars longer into old age. With a divorce rate hovering around 50%, it is a safe bet that many women will no longer be married, at retirement or into old age, therefore their savings is all they have. There will be no remainder to live on, from a predeceased spouse.

I think it is time for women to be paid the same as their male counterparts. That is just a fact. If we truly want to build a business culture of equality and equal opportunity, that begins with compensation. Otherwise, at a certain point, I think men will start to feel disadvantaged. Think about it – a female CEO makes $303,000 less than a male CEO. When times are tough and all things are equal – who is the company going promote? If it is purely based on cost – think about it, stranger things have happened!

 
 

Equal Pay Day: April 28, 2009 by Angie King

17 March 2009

Wear RED on Equal Pay Day to symbolize how far women and minorities are “in the red” with their pay!
Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. The day, observed on a Tuesday in April, symbolizes how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year.

It falls on a Tuesday because that is the day on which women’s wages catch up to men’s wages from the previous week. Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay.

That same discrepancy follows women into retirement. Not only do women live an average of three years longer than men, they have earned less in their working lifetimes and have smaller pensions, leaving a greater proportion of women living in poverty. The median income for older women is just $3,000 over the poverty level and just over half the median income of older men.

Despite laws to the contrary, women still earn less at the same job as men. If women were paid comparable wages, it is estimated, the poverty level would drop by a third, and some say by half.

Social Security is the only thing keeping almost 40 percent of older women from poverty. Still, even with that benefit, twelve and a half percent of women 65 and older live in poverty. For older women of color, that rate doubles.

In the meantime, keep in mind that you should be paid at the same rate as men who do the same kind of job and that women should have greater access to the broad spectrum of jobs in order to compete for higher paid positions. It may mean a huge difference in your life later.

Also keep in mind that a system that penalizes women who take time out of work or lower paying jobs to be the child bearers and caregivers of family members both old and young and then pays them less in the bargain, does so on the backs of women. Shouldn’t government be able to give something back in retirement for a woman’s service to society? 

From: http://wnymedia.net/blogs/2009/03/gillibrand-urges-senate-on-paycheck-fairness-act/, 3/18/09:

Gillibrand Urges Senate on Paycheck Fairness Act


Highlighting an issue that is close to her heart, New York Senator Gillibrand today joined forces with leading voices for women in New York to demand Senate action on the Paycheck Fairness Act.  As a member of the House of Representatives, Senator Gillibrand worked hard to pass this measure, however the Senate has yet to act on the legislation.

“I believe equal pay for women will result in economic growth for everyone,” said Senator Gillibrand. “As we mark Women’s History Month, I am proud to join with women leaders in New York to ensure equality and economic opportunity for women.  I am working with Senate leaders to move forward on vital legislation that will guarantee equal pay for women and teach girls how to acquire better jobs that pays them what they’re worth.”

One of Senator Gillibrand’s first actions in the U.S. Senate was to support passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which allows more time for victims of pay discrimination to file a lawsuit. However, she is continuing her work to address the ongoing pay gap between men and women.

The Paycheck Fairness Act, introduced the past two Congresses by then-Senator Hillary Clinton, would take crucial steps to help empower women to negotiate for equal pay, create strong incentives for employers to obey the laws that are in place, and strengthen federal outreach and enforcement efforts.

“All of us, men and women, young boys and girls, pay a dramatic price when we do not grant equal opportunity to every hardworking woman in our economy,” said Senator Gillibrand.  “The evidence is absolutely crystal clear.  When women earn more, their families succeed.  When mothers earn their fair share, young children have greater access to quality health care, educational opportunities, and safe communities.  By ending the wage gap we will help ensure that every child can achieve his or her God-given potential.

Even though the Equal Pay Act became law 45-years ago, pay discrimination remains in the workplace. A study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research showed that New York ranks 44th in the country for women’s participation in the labor force – this suggests significant barriers to women entering the work force. Women only make 78 cents on the dollar compared to a man.

According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, working women stand to lose $250,000 over the course of their career because of unequal pay practices. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the wage gap continues to persist even though women posted a greater net increase in jobs paying above the median salary than men from 2000 to 2005.  In 2005, the median weekly pay for men was $663 compared to 73 percent of that for women, who earned $486 a week on average

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the AFL-CIO found that America’s working families are lose $200 billion annually as a result of the on-going gender wage gap, even when accounting for age, education, and hours worked. That means $4,000 each year for each working woman’s family.  According to the same study, equal pay would drastically cut poverty rates for women and their families – for single mothers, poverty would be cut in half. The poverty rates of married working women would fall by more than 60 percent.

The Paycheck Fairness Act would address wage disparity by preventing, regulating and reducing pay discrimination for women.  The legislation would create a training program to help women strengthen their negotiation skills, enforce equal pay laws for federal contractors and require the Department of Labor to work with employers to eliminate pay disparities by enhancing outreach and training efforts.  In addition, the bill would prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information with their co-workers and allow women to sue for punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages now available under the Equal Pay Act.

Senator Gillibrand was joined today by representatives from National Organization for Women, Girls Inc., the Equal Pay Coalition, A Better Balance, AAUW, Catalyst, Center for the Women of New York, CUNY – Howard Samuels Center, Junior League of the City of New York, League of Professional Theatre Women NY, League of Women Voters of the City of New York, Legal Momentum, and Manhattan Chamber of Commerce-Women’s Business Committee.

“As the organization whose mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, Girls Incorporated has been in the forefront of advocating for an equitable society for 145 years,” says Joyce M. Roché, President and CEO of Girls Inc.  “On behalf of the 900,000 girls we reach, we are proud to lend our voice to Senator Gillibrand’s effort to bring the Paycheck Fairness Act to a hearing in front of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee of the Senate.”

“The National Organization for Women-New York State is proud to stand with Senator Gillibrand, linking arms to urge the United States Senate to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Paycheck Fairness Act is next in the fight for fair pay. Since women tend to hurt “first and worst” during economic downturns, new legislation strengthening pay equity laws is needed now more than ever.  An unprecedented number of women are now family breadwinners due to rising employment rates–making pay equity critical not simply to family economic security but also to the nation’s economic recovery,” said Marcia A. Pappas, President from the National Organization for Women-NYS

“NYWA’s Equal Pay Coalition NYC is inspired by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s enthusiastic leadership on the Paycheck Fairness Act which will help us advance the agenda toward achieving equal pay for women and minorities,” said Beverly Neufeld, Vice President, New York Women’s Agenda, Coordinator, EPCNYC.  “As we approach the observance of Equal Pay Day in April, we look forward to working together to build the momentum to make fair pay a reality very soon for the women, children and families throughout New York and the United States.”

Text of the letter below:

March 16, 2009

Dear Chairman Kennedy and Ranking Member Enzi,

We write to respectfully request that you bring the Paycheck Fairness Act, S. 182, before the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for its consideration.  This important piece of legislation, introduced on January 8, 2009 by then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and now under the lead of Senator Barbara Mikulski, takes important steps towards ensuring that women receive the pay they deserve.

The Paycheck Fairness Act builds on the success of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which first established that it is illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work.  While this landmark law made impressive strides in alleviating pay discrimination, women today make an average of 78 cents for every dollar made by men.  The National Committee on Pay Equity estimates that working women lose $250,000 over the course of their careers because of unequal pay practices.

The Paycheck Fairness Act updates and strengthens the Equal Pay Act in a number of important ways; improving the prevention, regulation and reduction of pay discrimination.  The legislation would establish training groups to help women strengthen their negotiation skills, enforce equal pay laws for federal contractors, and require the Department of Labor to work with employers to eliminate wage disparities through better outreach and training.  It would expand the punitive damages allowed under the Equal Pay Act, and prohibit employers from retaliating against employees for sharing salary information with their co-workers.

With the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 signed into law on January 29, 2009, the Paycheck Fairness Act represents the next step in ensuring equality for women in the workplace, once and for all.  We look forward to seeing this bill move out of committee, and to the full Senate for consideration.

From the WAGE Project, 3/19/09:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           March 19, 2009

Contacts:

Lisa Goodnight                             202/785-7738         goodnightl@aauw.org

Annie Houle                                 207/899-2883         ahoule@wageproject.org 

AAUW, the WAGE Project Join Forces to Address Equal Pay

WASHINGTON – AAUW and The WAGE Project today announced the formation of a partnership to ensure that women graduating from college start their careers knowing how to negotiate for fair and equal pay. This partnership will offer $tart $mart Campus Negotiation Workshops to 500 college campuses over the next three years. These nuts-and-bolts workshops, piloted by WAGE in 2007 and 2008 on more than 60 campuses, will be presented by trained AAUW facilitators. AAUW and WAGE urge all campuses in the nation to offer this valuable workshop, which can serve as a powerful influence in the lives of young women. The gender wage gap begins as early as the first year after a woman graduates from college, according to AAUW’s research report, Behind the Pay Gap. A decade after graduation, it widens. In fact, AAUW found that the gap is clear even when women have the same major and occupation as their male counterparts. Over a 40-year career, college-educated women will have an average lifetime loss of roughly $1 million. In higher-paying fields, such as law, the wage gap can result in even greater lifetime losses – and long-term significantly impact retirement and Social Security income. Nationwide, working families lose $200 billion of income annually to the gender wage gap. And as benefits, raises, and job offers are typically based on current earnings, a fair wage at the beginning of a career can help set the stage for lifetime equity. "$tart $mart Campus Negotiation Workshops combine the vast membership of AAUW with the innovation of WAGE workshops to advance pay equity for working women," said AAUW Executive Director Linda D. Hallman, CAE. "AAUW is well known for fighting to close the wage gap through our efforts on Capitol Hill and our other advocacy work. With these workshops, we will be on the front lines, mentoring young women to become their own best advocates." "Empowering college women with knowledge and tools to counteract the reality of the gender wage gap is the objective of The WAGE Project’s $tart $mart Campus Negotiation Workshops. WAGE is thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with AAUW members to bring $tart $mart workshops to women in colleges, community colleges, and universities throughout the United States. When these women graduate, they will have a better chance to get the paychecks they deserve," said Evelyn Murphy, president of WAGE. The gender pay gap persists because of inadequate knowledge about its devastating impact and causes, inequitable treatment of working women, and women’s lack of knowledge about negotiating for a fair and equal salary. Negotiating salaries is a challenge for women at all stages of their careers, but it is an essential toolalong with stronger anti-discrimination laws and better enforcement of existing policiesto achieving economic security for women and their families.

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AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. Since 1881, AAUW has been one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. It has a nationwide network of 100,000 members, 1,300 branches, and 500 college/university institutional partners. Since its founding more than 127 years ago, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW’s commitment to educational equity is reflected in its public policy advocacy, community programs, leadership development, conventions and conferences, national partnerships, and international connections. Visit the AAUW website at www.aauw.org.

The WAGE Project, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization established for one purpose: To end discrimination and the gender wage gap for women in the American workplace. We do this through education and grassroots activism. Please visit us at http://www.wageproject.org.


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