April 28 is named ‘Equal Pay Day’ by Harrison County leaders

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By The Staff

To the editor:

On March 6, 2008 the Paycheck Fairness Act was re-introduced in the 110th Congress by Senator Clinton (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, women continue to receive unequal pay for the same work; on average women earn 81 cents for every dollar a man. It has still not been passed into law.

On Tuesday, April 28, 2009 the Licking Valley BPW will join thousands of women from across the United States in a national day of action against unfair pay called Equal Pay Day. Because women earn less, we must work longer for the same pay. April signifies the point into the next year that a woman must work in order to earn the wages paid to a man in the previous year.

According to the AFL-CIO over a 40-year career, the average 25 year-old woman who works full time will earn approximately $700,000 less than the average man, if current wage patterns continue. As a working woman, I am extremely concerned about pay inequity not only for myself, but for my family.

Fair pay takes real change and we can make a difference! Here in Cynthiana/Harrison County we will join hundreds of other BPW/USA members across the nation to educate women and men about pay inequity and to offer solutions to wage discrimination. In Cynthiana/Harrison County, BPW members will be accepting a Proclamation from Alex Barnett, Harrison County Judge Executive, Ken Abner, Berry Mayor, and John M. Keith Jr., Cynthiana Mayor Pro-Tem, acknowledging Tuesday, April 28 as Equal Pay Day in Cynthiana/Harrison County. The proclamation will further encourage the business community to review their pay practices and to perform an Equal Pay Self-Audit provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau.

Sonja Olin

LVBPW Member